Port of Dover sees rise in traffic over the Easter period as more cars, coaches and freight cross the Channel from March to April compared to 2013

The Port of Dover saw an increase in car and coach traffic over the Easter period.

The port accommodated 5% more cars and 2.3% more coaches from March to April compared to the same period in 2013.

There was also growth of almost 10% in freight vehicles.

The Port of Dover
The Port of Dover

Port of Dover chief executive Tim Waggott said: “The port plays an important role in getting families off to a great start when heading off for their Easter holidays.

“This year has been no exception.

“The growth in traffic over the key Easter period shows that the brilliant customer service we are committed to delivering with our major ferry business partners and the shared vision of delivering the best port in the world is ringing true with our customers who deserve a brilliant break.

P&O Ferries PR chief Brian Rees said: “The Port of Dover can be seen as a barometer of economic conditions and the robust uplift in freight volumes is really encouraging as it reflects a return to market growth.

“Tourist volumes are also strengthening and after several years of having economic conditions against us this is a heartening start to the year.”

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