Dover handles 250,000 passengers

By Doug Newhouse |

More than 250,000 passengers have used ferry services to mainland Europe from the Port of Dover at the start of this summer’s holiday period.
According to the Port of Dover, more than  60,000 tourist vehicles (cars, camper vans, coaches and motorcycles) travelled through the Port of Dover with 278,000 passengers (including freight). Port of Dover management also claims that its leading summer getaway service continues to be popular on the cross-Channel route, with the Port claiming more than 55% of the UK tourist market travelling abroad during the key first holiday weekend since schools broke up.
Overall passenger numbers are reported to be 3.3% up in the year to date at Europe ’s busiest ferry port, having also recently seen a record number of freight vehicles depart through the Port earlier this month (9 July).
Shaun Pottage, Finance Director at the Port of Dover said: “Ferry passengers are experiencing a quality service, a dedicated team and what is really a mini cruise across the Channel to start their summer holidays.
“We are making great strides towards achieving our commitment to be the Best Port in the World for the benefit of our customers and community and the volumes of people choosing the Port of Dover illustrates this.”

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