It is important that the Government invests in the Port of Dover – to keep trade growing without gridlock, bolster border security and help build Destination Dover. In the Commons on Thursday, I told Brexit Minister David Jones that Dover accounts for a huge chunk of Britain's trade with the EU and must be prioritised for funding.
During a recent visit to the port, I hopped on board a patrol boat to see the impressive work being done on the Western Docks Revival. It was an historic day for our town when the fight to demolish Burlington House was finally won, and now the rubble from the hated building is being used to form the foundations of the new cargo terminal at the port.
Investment in the port is not only important to help build Destination Dover, but also so it can grow without causing gridlock in the town. I have written to the Brexit Secretary David Davis to make the case, highlighting that since 2005, Dover has had the highest increase in traffic of all UK major ports.
Since 2010 Dover has seen a higher growth in units passing through the port than any other major UK port. Freight traffic volumes have risen 30% in just three years. This is expected to rise by a further 40% by 2030.
It's clear that Dover is leading the way, handling more trade than any other port and pushing ahead with exciting projects like the Western Docks Revival. That's why I keep making the case for investment at the docks – to keep trade growing without gridlock, bolster border security and help build Destination Dover.
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