Dover Western Dock Roundabout
The Dover Western Dock Revival (DWDR) is the largest single investment project ever undertaken by the Port of Dover.
This revival ensures long term port capacity through development of a new cargo terminal and distribution facility, highway A20 junction improvements and the transformation of the western dock’s waterfront and marina.
Specifically, the Local Growth Funding (LGF) for this scheme related to the remodelling of two roundabouts on the A20 adjacent to the docks.
The LGF funded highways works associated with DWDR built on the Traffic Improvement Project (implemented in July 2015) to improve the resilience of the port and reduce congestion of freight vehicles along the A20.
The Prince of Wales and York Street roundabouts were remodelled to improve traffic flow along the A20. This included the addition of signals to the junctions. The LGF funded highway improvements were completed in April 2017 and Marina Pier opened on 3 May 2019, however works on the wider project are ongoing.
The wider DWDR project also included the:
- development of the footprint of the western docks to protect long term port capacity.
- re-location of the cargo operation to western docks.
- development of a new cargo terminal and port-centric distribution facility.
- creation of over 600 new jobs and the safeguarding of another 148 jobs at the Port of Dover.
- creation of the opportunity to further increase ferry capacity as the eastern docks becomes dedicated solely to the ferry business.
- waterfront transformation with the development of a new marina, construction of a new bridge and a new four lane road link.
Dover is the busiest ferry port in Europe, handling 17% of the UK’s trade in goods. The government predicts an 101% increase in roll, on roll, off ferry traffic by 2030 from 2007. For this reason, a masterplan to pursue the development of a second ferry terminal in the western docks was developed.
This development is aligned to Dover District Council’s (DDC) Local Development Framework (LDF) Core Strategy and the delivery of new homes along with Dover Town Investment Zone (DTIZ) for the town centre regeneration.
In order to facilitate the needs of the second ferry terminal, waterfront development and Dover town regeneration the remodelling of the two junctions on the A20 was required.
The objectives of the DWDR included:
- wider regeneration of Dover town centre encompassing the development of the Dover town investment zone (St James’ development) and the unlocking of up to 10,000 new homes.
- reductions in noise and air pollution, having a positive effect on living conditions and health.
- safety improvements related to improved port infrastructure and the reduction of congestion levels.
- improvements to the general capacity of the port by allowing the general cargo operation to move to the eastern docks. As a result, this creates a dedicated ferry terminal, reducing congestion on the roads but also disruptions to ferry operation previously experienced.
The decision by the SELEP Accountability Board to grant Local Growth Funding for the Dover Western Dock Revival was made on the 24 February 2017.
The DWDR wider project is still ongoing but total costs for the scheme are projected to be approximately £254 million.
The funding secured by Kent County Council consisted of £5 million from the Local Growth Fund obtained from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership and contributed to the highway roundabout junction improvements.