Dovorians will be able to walk along the new pier within the first few months of 2019. The 550-metre structure will be the first part of the project open to the public since the start of the Dover Western Docks Revival in 2015. Port bosses also said the new marina curve, adjacent to the pier, remains on schedule to be opened in the last quarter of 2019.
I have demanded that port bosses deliver on promises of bars, shops and restaurants at the new marina. It's great to see things moving forward apace at the port. Dover is finally getting the investment it deserves. The new marina is really important. I can't wait to sit down with a beer at sunset, watching the yachts and ferries come and go. We all saw the fancy pictures showing how it would look. That is why port bosses must do everything to attract businesses to the area. That vision we were promised must become reality.
Port chairman Richard Everitt has said it is looking at "short-term pop ventures which will enable us to gauge footfall and assess the best options for the commercial make-up". He said the Clock Tower Square was to be a "real focal point" of the new development, also confirming work is underway to transform Cambridge Terrace into modern apartments.
The new marina will include 250 finger berths for vessels up to 18 metres, pontoons, an access bridge, fuel tanks and pumps for the fuel berth and pontoons and a bridge for the new boatyard. It will be served by a lock, while the existing 160-berth Wellington Dock will become a 24-hour facility accessible through a new navigable channel from the new marina into the dock. The £250 million Western Docks Revival Scheme involves redeveloping the former hovercraft terminal and slip into a cargo terminal, including two deep water berths, the new marina and pier, cold storage warehousing and public realm works.
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