Port of Dover in expansion mode as traffic booms
Turnover at the Port of Dover increased by 2.5 per cent to £60.6 million in 2014 as Europe's busiest roll-on/roll-off port saw freight volumes reach a record 2.4 million units, up 9.7 per cent on 2013. Dover also cemented its position as the busiest passenger port in Europe with 13 million passengers and 2.5 million tourist vehicles passing through in 2014.
To cope with rising demand the Port of Dover is investing £85 million in new infrastructure, alongside ambitious plans for a new £120 million cargo terminal as part of the redevelopment of the Western Docks. With two new berths and associated handling and distribution facilities, the project will be one of the largest port infrastructure projects in Western Europe.
The plans for the Western Docks also include a waterfront regeneration opportunity with a new marina and mixed-use development. The Port of Dover has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bride Hall Real Estate Partners to explore options for the development.
As well as complementing the £60m St James’s retail and leisure development in Dover town centre the promise of new waterfront development will appeal to the burgeoning cruise market. Dover is well positioned as the UK's leading port of call with a total of 122 cruise calls in 2014.
More information on the Port's 2014 performance and development plans is available in the Dover Harbour Board's Annual Report & Accounts.
Posted on 20/05/2015