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Port of Dover Revival Project aims to boost local tourism, economy


March, 2017

M. DeHart

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Project timeline layout.

For over 400 years the Port of Dover has been an important area of trade in the UK.  Every day hundreds of tourists use the Eastern Docks to travel to and from France, and the Western Docks are used for cargo purposes. Construction and dredging will be largely underway throughout 2017, with the closing of Wellington dock until November of 2018. According to schedule, most of the affected docks and piers will reopen in December of 2018. Stage 3 of the project includes reclaiming existing docks, and all construction is slated to be finished by the end of 2019.

Funding hopes to promote tourism and local employment.

The Dover Harbour Board is taking strides to revitalize the already incredibly busy ferry port through this enormous undertaking.  Funding for the project has been well established– British and European lenders have allotted £200 million to the project. Tim Waggott, the Port of Dover Chief Executive, explained that “it is crucial the port continues to evolve to meet the demands of an ever-changing political and trading landscape.”  

The project goals are four-fold: transforming the waterfront to attract shops, etc; relocating and expanding the cargo terminal; creating a larger pave for ferry traffic in the Eastern Docks; and finally to increase employment opportunities for the people of Dover.

Safety is key.

The Port of Dover is taking careful steps to keep the area safe during construction.  Road safety campaigns have been underway since the route changes took place during early stages of construction. A Marine Licence Application was submitted mid-May 2016 for the dredging operation, and the Port is working closely with archaeological, historic environment, and ecological working groups to ensure that construction will not impact any known wreck sites or greatly affect marine life.

A piece of history found.

Already the project has included an unexpected discovery of the resting place of the original Prince of Wales Pier Plaque in July. The original plaque was damaged in an air raid in 1943, along with the site of the time capsule which was recorded as being placed at the base. Unfortunately the contents of the time capsule appeared to have been lost during the construction of the old Hoverport.

You can stay up to date on the Port of Dover Western Docks revival by following @doverwesterndocksrevival on Facebook or @Port_of_Dover on Twitter.

  1. Header background © Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA 4.0 (via Wikimedia Commons)
  2. http://www.doverport.co.uk/dwdr/
  3. http://www.dredgingtoday.com/2017/03/06/lenders-support-dover-western-docks-revival-project/


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Foundation stone laying ceremony c.1883 Source: Dover Museum

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