Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Port of Dover Teams Up with University to Combat Road Congestion as Cross Channel Business Booms

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Shipping News Feature
UK – An effort to combat heavy congestion around the busiest ferry terminal in Europe has reported that it has achieved useful results, according to the Port of Dover. Working with the University of Kent to map traffic flows around the Port, and on the arterial links that connect it to the wider road network, the project has seen traffic specialists at the Port and academics from the University’s Business School analyse data concerning vehicle movements through the Eastern docks, which provide the primary ferry services between Europe and the UK.

The Dover dock handles 17% of Britain’s international trade alone and this year has seen users report rising levels of trade, despite the migrant problems of last year. Roads in the region have led to the proposals for a giant lorry park to render the much hated Operation Stack redundant, and the news from Eurotunnel this week that its record number of Truck Shuttles in 2016 carried 1,641,638, up 11% on 2015, illustrates the strains on the Kent road network.

The project has been running for one year and the Port authorities state that they have made significant steps to better understanding traffic flows and bottlenecks which in turn helps formulate decisions on future requirements, improvement to the road structure and for predicting potential periods of congestion. Port of Dover Chief Executive, Tim Waggott, said:

“The University has been helping the Port gain a better understanding of the dynamics of traffic flow and how to handle these flows more effectively. Fluidity of movement and utilising the space we have as efficiently as possible is a fundamental aspect of master planning that benefits both our customers and the community.”