Dover wants privatisation delayed

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over wants privatisation delayed

Dover Harbour board is urging the Government to delay the proposed privatisation of the port because its financial future is currently so uncertain. It has asked the Secretary of State for Transport, Sir George Young, for two years of full competition from the Channel tunnel to assess the port's perfomance. Dover says it does not oppose privatisation and will submit proposals for a scheme by September 1997. P&O, the shipping company, said yesterday it carried 176,590 passenger cars and 9,763 buses on its cross-Channel links between Dover and Folkestone and Calais in August. The company said it carried 27,412 freight trucks and containers during the same month