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Dover Western Dock Revival


Approval Status


Fully Approved

Delivery Status


LGF Project Delivered

Project Completion Date


Spring 2017

Dover has entered the most important period of redevelopment since the Second World War which will fundamentally transform its Port, seafront and town. The Port is committed to development for the nation but with the community at its heart by ensuring long term port capacity, transformation of the waterfront, celebrating and developing heritage assets and bringing the port and town closer together. Today, Dover is a transit town, but ‘Destination Dover’ can and will be achieved by capturing the value of the 13 million passengers that pass through it, delivering the catalyst for regeneration at the waterfront and creating one Dover through enhanced port-town connectivity and the realisation of a shared vision. All this whilst delivering resilient 24-hour operations 364 days a year with 120 ferry movements and 10,000 trucks per day that deliver 17% of the UK’s trade in goods annually. With 13 million passengers per year, in passenger terms, if it were an airport, the Port of Dover would be the UK’s 5th busiest. Underpinning this resilience and success is the fluid movement of vehicles to and from the Port which coexists on a daily basis with other traffic in and around Dover.

Summary of the scheme

To deliver a new future for Dover one of the first steps towards bringing the pieces together is changing the junction layout of the A20 which runs from the Western Docks to the Ferry Port at the Eastern Docks. Alongside its strategic importance, this route is a key access point to both the waterfront and the town as well as a pass through for traffic to the new homes planned in Dover and in the wider District. The redesign of the two new junctions in this case will accommodate the additional traffic expected with reduced delays per vehicle through a signalised network that will be linked to the DWDR and St James development generating an economic benefit to all users that would not be possible under the old layout.

Capital Programme delivery update

Take a look at our update on the delivery of the Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Growing Places Fund (GPF) capital programmes.

SELEP Capital Investment Programme

£579m of investment to East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock

In total the SELEP Growth Deal with Government has brought £579m of investment to East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock. Over the lifetime of the Growth Deal (2015-2021) we aim to deliver 78,000 jobs and 29,000 homes across the SELEP area, with the Deal set to attract a further £960m of investment into the South East over the six year period.

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Funding value: £5m
Total Project cost: £15m
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