August 31 2023

Coach operators, who are using the Port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel for the Rugby World Cup, are being encouraged to help shape DfT’s and the Port’s response to a potentially busy travel period.

The request for data comes from CPT, the leading trade association for the UK’s coach sector, who met with the DfT this week. With the Rugby World Cup in France kicking off on the 9th September, DfT and the Port want to ensure they can effectively meet the increase in coach travel and visiting supporters.

CPT, in collaboration with DfT, has developed a survey which aims to identify dates and timings where there could be potential increased coach activity at the Port.

Phil Smith, Coaching Manager at the Confederation of Passenger Transport said:

“It has been really pleasing to hear that coach operators are reporting full order books this summer for group travel, including for popular events such as the Rugby World Cup. We would encourage all operators to complete our survey, which will help ensure that coaches are able to travel through the Port as efficiently as possible.

“This is another excellent example of CPT working in partnership with DfT for the benefit of our members as well as the wider sector.”  

The survey can be accessed here:

All data submitted is anonymous and all responses will be passed onto DfT and the Port of Dover to help them with their planning.


Notes to editors:

  • CPT is the trade association for the UK’s coach and bus sector, with around 900 members.
  • CPT has worked closely with the Port of Dover and DfT in recent months to ensure the needs of coach operators and passengers were fully understood. More information via the Port of Dover website.