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Port of Dover Statement on Current Freight Activity

A20 Dover TAP has indeed been used on a number of occasions over the past week. TAP is a well-established and regularly used normal operational tool to help manage traffic flows into the Port of Dover and protect local roads from congestion by freight traffic, as it has been over several years for times when demand exceeds available capacity.

In conjunction with managing significant freight volumes, several ferries are currently away on re-fit (as is normal at this time of year) and there are external highway works impacting the Port’s holding capacity.  These recent supplementary factors, when added to the already increased time to pass through the Port following the introduction of further customs controls on 1st January 2022, have led to the activation of Dover TAP, which has been able to support the volume of traffic we have experienced so far during this period.