Dover presses on with plans to tidy up the port entrance, among other things. The A2 Magdeburg-Berlin is recommended for high speed autobahn runs. Italy flogs off its government cars, Rome blocks traffic to prepare for the Popes’ canonisation and Kosovo sets out plans to ensure fuel quality across the country.
DOVER TRAVEL CENTRE CLOSING
Ticket sales now at check in booths only; new large holding area for trucks
The Port of Dover Travel Centre closes permanently next week.
The thirty year old ticket hall, just in front of the A2 Jubilee Way flyover at the entrance to Eastern Docks, shuts its doors for the final time at 20:00 on Wednesday 30 April.
After Wednesday, all car ferry tickets must be bought direct from the check-in booths or in advance on-line.
The port reception, foot passenger ticket sales, toilets, café, etc, will be relocated to a new Arrivals Area, behind and to the right, under the flyover.
The Travel Centre is being demolished to tidy up the entrance, make way for more streamlined entrance and exit lanes, and a big new ‘temporary holding area’ for trucks during delays. This is phase five in a nine phase project to reorganise traffic flows in the port which should be finished by the end of next year. Read more here.
In February, Dover Harbour Board announced a more ambitious long term plan to relocate all cargo facilities to the Western Docks on the other side of town to free up more space for ferry services.
It is claimed that the ‘Western Docks Revival Scheme’ could create 600 new jobs, secure 140 existing jobs and spearhead a wider revival of Dover itself. The plans also include a new marina. DHB held a workshop event last week to discuss the plan with locals though the cost and timescale are still yet to be announced.
We say: while the Travel Centre is a monstrous carbuncle the opposing P&O and DFDS desks did allow for some quick comparison between the prices of last minute tickets (which we moaned about earlier this week). To avoid being ripped off it is now more important than ever, if possible, to buy tickets before arriving at the Port.
roundup: ITALY. All 52 official cars put up for auction on eBay last month have been sold. Another 100 – mostly prestige makes in fetching dark ‘Auto Blu’ – are due to go under the hammer, check ‘Le Auto Blu del Governo’. Meanwhile, Rome is best avoided this weekend and next week ahead of the Popes’ canonisation. Traffic restrictions are not lifted until 4 May at 19:00. KOSOVO. In an attempt to ensure consistent and high fuel quality central government will take over the regulation of petrol stations from local authorities. Unleaded 95 currently sells for (equivalent) €1.200, diesel €1.190.