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6th January 2017 - Press Release

Port partners with Kent Road Safety Team for new A20 campaign

The Port of Dover has joined forces with Kent County Council (KCC) Road Safety Team to bring greater awareness of the changing A20 layout in Dover.

The A20 Junction Improvement Scheme, part of the town’s key regeneration projects including the Port’s Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) and Dover District Council’s (DDC) St James development, has dramatically changed the road layout in Dover from roundabouts to a traffic-light controlled system. On completion, it will improve traffic fluidity through Dover, into the Port, and between the seafront and town.

The awareness campaign will involve a suite of posters featuring drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, urging them to take greater caution while acclimatising to the changes. These will be posted strategically on billboards around the A20 and the DWDR construction site as well as featuring on social media as part of the drive which launches in January.

Jack Goodhew, General Manager – Special Projects at the Port of Dover, said: “Safety is our number one priority with the Dover Western Docks Revival project.

“The A20 Junction Improvement Scheme has produced a fundamental change to the road layout and the whole community needs to be aware of just how much it has changed.

“So we are really pleased to have joined forces on Kent road safety’s Share the Road campaign, reminding our community who frequently use the A20 to - Stay Alert, Stay Safe, and Be Road Aware.”

Kent County Council’s Road Safety Officer, Philippa Janaway, said: “Distractions are a contributory factor in many crashes on our roads.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Port of Dover to highlight the risks to road users of a changing road environment.

“Together we can help reduce the number of crashes on Kent roads.”

The A20 roadwork at the York Street Junction is expected to last until January 2017. The works will then conclude with the traffic lights at Woolcomber Street upgraded before the scheme is completed in February 2017. 

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Note to editors:

Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) is a one-off opportunity for the regeneration of Dover, bringing new investment into the area.  With UK Government planning approval and supported by a mix of private finance and European Union grant funding, DWDR will deliver:

 

  • A transformed waterfront to ultimately attract a host of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants with Dover's unique backdrop of the harbour, cliffs and castle;
  • Relocation and further development of the cargo business with a new cargo terminal and distribution centre;
  • Creation of greater space within the Eastern Docks for ferry traffic; and
  • Much needed quality employment opportunities for local people.

 

DWDR is the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port of Dover with c.£250m development committed to deliver the first phase.

DWDR scored ‘Excellent’ for the CEEQUAL Interim Client and Outline Design Award - an evidence-based sustainability assessment, rating and awards scheme that promotes the achievement of high environmental and social performance in civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and public realm projects.

Through education, training and publicity, Kent County Council Road Safety Team contributes to casualty reduction in Kent, thereby improving the quality of life for those living and travelling in the County.

Please visit www.kentroadsafety.info for further information.

 

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