New Investments, Better Connections
Dover already benefits from an unrivalled range of transport options. From fast rail links to Central London, to 24 hour connections to the Continent, Dover is at the heart of the European strategic transport network. High speed trains to London operate twice hourly, and a ferry departs from Dover every 30 minutes. Nowhere is better connected for doing business.
In line with the growth agenda and plans for an additional 14,000 homes across the Dover district by 2026, new investments in transport infrastructure are underway, or at advanced planning stage. This will make travelling for business or pleasure even easier to and from the Dover district.
Building on the success of high speed rail
Since 2009, Dover has been one of the main beneficiaries of the UK’s only high-speed rail service, connecting the district to St Pancras International in central London in just over an hour. To cope with rising demand for rail travel form the Dover district, plans for a new 500 space multi-storey car park at Dover Priory railway station are expected to be submitted to Dover District Council in summer 2014.
Building capacity at the Eastern Docks
Dover Harbour Board is investing £85 million in a major redevelopment of the Eastern Docks ferry terminal, due for completion in 2015. Alongside refurbishment of ferry berths, the Port’s Traffic Management Improvement (TMI) project is transforming the entrance to the port, enhancing the visual impression, and creating a holding area for 220 lorries to ease pressure on local roads during times of disruption. More on Eastern Docks improvements.
Western Docks Revival
Currently home to Dover’s two cruise terminals, Dover Harbour Board is embarking on a £200 million redevelopment of the Western Docks. This will include the development of a new cargo terminal and logistics centre which is expected to create 600 jobs. The plans also include the construction of a new marina in the outer harbour and an exciting mixed waterfront development, including housing, retail and leisure. . The port is also investing £10 million in the restoration of the Grade II listed Cruise Terminal 1. More on the Western Docks Revival.
Bus Rapid Transit System
As part of the Whitfield Urban Expansion where up to 5,750 new homes are planned, a Bus Rapid Transit System is being considered to provide a strong public transport connection with the town centre and Dover Priory railway station. This express services will operate on existing roads but with new infrastructure to prioritise bus services.