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Dover Fastrack

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About Dover Fastrack - Kent's first zero-emission bus service

“We’re excited that Dover will boast Kent’s first zero-emission bus service, demonstrating our commitment to improving public transport options so that local people have real alternatives to car journeys. Dover Fastrack represents the biggest investment in public transport in Dover for many years and is key to the delivery of new housing at Whitfield and the former Connaught Barracks site, and our ambitions to cut carbon emissions.” (Cllr Trevor Bartlett, Leader of Dover District Council)

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Project team

Project manager: Kent County Council (KCC) Highways

Main contractor: Colas UK Projects Ltd

Public liaison officer: doverfastrackproject@colas.co.uk (for public enquiries about construction)

Funders: Homes England (£22.9m Housing Infrastructure Fund), Department for Transport (£9.5m Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme), Dover District Council (£1.42m)

A real alternative to the car for local journeys 

Dover Fastrack is a rapid bus transit system connecting Whitfield with Dover town centre and Dover Priory railway station.  Construction starts in February 2022 and will take 18 months.  The main contractor for the project is Colas UK. 

Fastrack buses will have priority on the proposed express route which will include a new bus, cycle and pedestrian-only bridge across the A2 at Whitfield, and a new link road from the B&Q roundabout in Whitfield to Dover Road at Guston.  The junction with Dover Road will be for buses, bicycles and pedestrians only.   

A fleet of new electric buses will operate on Dover Fastrack as part of the Department for Transport’s Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme.

Fastrack will provide a reliable, high-quality bus service.  The frequency of the service will increase in line with the managed expansion of Whitfield.  

Connections with HS1 services at Dover Priory

Dover Fastrack also creates an effective transport interchange with Southeastern train services. The timetable will make it easy to access High Speed train services from Dover Priory railway station, ideal for commuting, leisure and business trips to and from London.  It will also provide a quick and easy way to reach the town centre and Dover Castle. 

It will be good for the environment too, helping the Council to meet its ambition to see the district become carbon neutral by 2050. Dover Fastrack will provide a real alternative to the car for local journeys.

Dover Fastrack is backed by central government with £16.1m from a funding programme designed to help stimulate new housing development. DDC was awarded the grant by Homes England and is working in partnership with Kent County Council as the Highways Authority.  

Highways England have also been involved in the development of the proposed Fastrack route. 

Dover is the county's second Fastrack service, building on the success of the Kent Thameside service in Dartford and Gravesham.

Better connecting a growing community

Dover Fastrack is a key part of the managed expansion of Whitfield as a place to live and work. 

Dover Fastrack supports the sustainable development of new housing in Whitfield and at the former Connaught Barracks site, along with commercial development on the White Cliffs Business Park in Whitfield.

The Whitfield Urban Expansion was established in principal in the Council’s Core Strategy adopted in 2010, along with the redevelopment of the former Connaught Barracks site in Dover. 

We are currently reviewing the Local Plan for the next twenty years to 2040.  This will confirm our ongoing commitment to developing new homes, infrastructure and employment space in Whitfield.

Construction is also underway on 60 new homes on the former Officer’s Mess site at Connaught Barracks. 

Up to 300 new homes are also planned on the main Connaught Barracks site.  This site is owned by Homes England, the government’s housing accelerator.

The new infrastructure will connect new housing in Whitfield with the recently constructed Dover District Leisure Centre.  The wider route will pass through Market Square in the town centre, which is due to be redesigned soon.

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