The Port of Dover is expecting another busy weekend ahead as travellers depart for their Easter getaways. We look forward to welcoming passengers, though we ask that all allow plenty of time for their journey and advise them to check with their chosen operator for updates before travelling to the port. We also ask that passengers aim to arrive at the port only for their allotted sailing and have their documents ready to show at French border controls and check-in booths to ensure a swift transit. Passenger Champions will be situated on-site to provide assistance and information.
Last weekend, port staff together with Ferry Operators and Kent Partners worked tirelessly to move traffic as effectively as possible. We served 30,000 departing passengers, triple that of the corresponding weekend in 2021. Tourist vehicles moved continuously through the port, with no queuing outside the port. Unfortunately, the commencement of the busy Easter getaway period coincided with the ongoing impact of reduced ferry services and bad weather that affected remaining operators earlier in the week, causing one vessel to be taken out of service for a couple of days. This caused some delays, notably for freight.
The remaining ferry operators are now back to their full complement of ships and the Port of Dover will be working with our operators and Kent partners, including the Local Resilience Forum, National Highways and Kent Police, to ensure passenger journeys are as smooth as possible.