The Port of Dover has today (April 20) officially opened a new Traffic Management Improvement scheme which has the capability of removing 4km of queuing traffic from Kent’s roads by accommodating 220 HGVs.
The new freight holding facility – part of an £85m capital investment programme – will ensure that outbound vehicles carrying British exports travel easier through Europe’s busiest ferry port, which last year handled recorded volumes of freight.
The opening coincided with the announcement that the port has become the first maritime partner in the Government’s Exporting is GREAT campaign to boost British trade overseas.
Tim Waggott, the Port’s Chief Executive, said:
“The Port of Dover is a crucial link of national and international importance, a conveyor belt carrying goods and supplies between industry and consumers.
“We handle up to £119bn of trade annually and last year saw record freight volumes of 2.53 million units heading through Dover – up nearly five per cent on the previous year’s all-time high.
“However, we are never complacent and are constantly looking at ways to improve our service to UK plc. That’s why we’ve invested millions in removing old buildings and installing new traffic management technology and infrastructure to create even more freight holding capacity. And that’s why we are wholeheartedly supporting the Government’s drive to boost British exports.”
Exporting is GREAT is Government initiative aimed to inspire and support 100,000 additional UK exporters to sell their goods and services overseas by 2020.
Trade and Investment Minister, Lord Price, said:
“The UK is a great trading nation and the Port of Dover’s new facility will provide even more opportunity for British businesses to sell their goods overseas.
“Up to 17 per cent of the UK’s trade passes through the Port, as UK companies explore new markets in Europe.
“It’s great to see partners like this working with the Government – through the Exporting is GREAT campaign – to support our businesses and boost exports.”
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