BRIDGE – The Dover and Calais maritime connection

Countries: France, United Kingdom
Border(s): France-United Kingdom,
Channel Arc,
- Cross-border maritime cooperation
- Transport
- Spatial planning and development

Lead partner: Port of Dover (United Kingdom) ; Port of Calais (France)

The ports of Dover and Calais have launched the BRIDGE project (Building the Resilience of International and Dependent Gateways in Europe) to coordinate their technical development and strengthen the cross-Channel route.
The English and French ports are currently the two busiest Ro-Ro ferry terminals in Europe, handling goods worth more than €70 billion, and freight traffic is expected to rise by 40% by 2030.

In the short term, the project aims to ensure that Calais and Dover operate efficiently by adapting their berths to high technical standards and improving their local transport network. Meanwhile, Calais plans to develop a new terminal with three cross-Channel berths and one Ro-Ro berth, and 80 hectares of new platforms.

The Ports of Dover and Calais, each recognised by the European Commission as strategically important, and designated as ‘core ports’ under the TEN-T network 2014-2020, have been working together on the BRIDGE Project.


  • Nord-Pas-de-Calais region (France)
  • Port of Calais (France)
  • CCI Côte d’Opale (France)
  • Port of Dover (United Kingdom)
  • Dover Harbour Board (United Kingdom)

Project goals

  • To adapt to the traffic growth
  • To allow the development of a multimodal offer
  • To adapt to the growth of the ferries size
  • To guarantee the transport reliability in the Channel area

Project duration


EU funding

14 millions €