As the shortest and most travelled maritime route connecting continental Europe to the British Isles, the sea corridor Calais-Dover constitutes a vital trade link in Europe. Both ports are interdependent and thus have to face together all the challenges resulting from the spectacular upsurge in traffic, particularly in recent years, and the steady increase in the size of the ferries. Important work programmes based on a common vision of the developing demand throughout the port complex have been initiated and are being implemented with the support of the European Union project BRIDGE, which aims to adapt the two complementary ports to the growth of cargo traffic estimated at 40 % by 2030.
In this framework, the European coordinator Peter Balazs, in charge of the corridor “North Sea – Mediterranean” in his recent visit to the Nord Pas de Calais Region, renewed his support for this strategic axis through the implementation of the Calais Port 2015 and Dover Western Docks Revival projects. “The Calais-Dover route is strategic for Europe as a whole since it is the main sea link of the North Sea-Mediterranean corridor. It is thus with particular consideration that the European Commission follows this project and wishes to encourage its consolidation through necessary infrastructure investments on both side of the Channel,” he affirmed.
Calais Port 2015 and Dover Western Docks Revival are emblematic projects which aim at further developing the two largest European ports for road freight and passengers. The participation of the European Union in these two projects is crucial. A collective application for funding for these projects was also filed last February under the European TEN-T programme.