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4th August 2015 - Press Release

Port of Dover comments on Government action to alleviate effects of traffic congestion caused by ongoing issues in Calais and at Eurotunnel

The Port of Dover welcomes Government action to alleviate the disruption caused to local residents, holidaymakers and freight operators caused by ongoing disruption in Calais and at Eurotunnel, which resulted in the need for Operation Stack to be implemented. Nevertheless, the Port cautions that a heavy goods vehicle holding area at the former Manston Airport site for Port of Dover bound traffic is neither proven to work nor a permanent solution in itself.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive of the Port of Dover, said:

"While it is welcome news that the Government is taking further action to alleviate the significant knock on effects in south east Kent caused by the ongoing problems in Calais and at Eurotunnel, attention should not slip away from finding a solution that provides lasting resilience at this nationally important strategic freight corridor.

We have some concerns over the practicalities of the solution proposed but remain committed to working with all our partners to maintain traffic fluidity."

The Port of Dover, together with sister ports in France, handles £100 billion of UK/European trade each year and represents a principal trade route between the UK and mainland Europe. The recent disruption to this vital international trade corridor cost the national economy up to £250 million per day in lost trade.

The Port of Dover remains open for business with our ferry partners operating full services to Calais and Dunkirk. The Port continues to work closely with all of its multi-agency partners in responding to the ongoing situation so we can deliver the biggest, best and most efficient service on the shortest sea crossing between UK mainland Europe.


Notes to Editor

  • The Port handles 13 million passengers, 2.5 million freight vehicles and £100 billion of UK/European trade.
  • The Port supports 22,000 jobs, many of which are in the local community.
  •  It has a shared vision to protect and enhance short and long term port capacity for the nation whilst delivering the catalyst for the regeneration of Dover.
  • Please find P&O Ferries press statement, DFDS Seaways press statement and Dover District Council (DDC) press statement on use of Manston Aiport during Operation Stack.


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Related Link: Department for Transport (DfT) press release: New measures to relieve pressure on Operation Stack

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