Britain and France have always seen a lot of traffic between them, right since the days they were considered to be sworn enemies of each other. Nowadays there is no animosity between them which can be confirmed by the presence of many transport channels between them. In the olden days, sea was the only mode of travel between the two countries with the port city Dover is the nearest port that is English to France.
Even today, it has maintained the reputation of being the most busy passenger port in the world what with sixteen million travelers, two and half million cars, bikes and 86000 coaches moving by through it every year. It is estimated that the port city does a yearly turnover of GBP 58.50 million. By tradition the port was owned by the Dover Harbor Board with most of its Board members being member of the Transport Department. The harbor is divided into two sections, the Eastern and the Western Docks.
The opening of the Eurotunnel service through the English Channel in 1994 has affected the passenger traffic to a great extent. Still there are ferries between the two countries which originate from the Eastern Docks. Eastern Docks have a history of being used as a ship breaking yard during World War I.
The Western Docks were initially used as a terminal for the Golden Arrow and other cross-channel train services between the two countries. It was also used for a cross channel hovercraft service run by Hover speed from 1968 to the early 2000s. A catamaran service also used to run from here till very recently.
This town of Port-of-Dover is easily accessible by road as well as rail. Trains from here lead to mainland London, Canterbury and Rams gate. It is here that the Unknown Warrior had landed during the First World War. Dover along with its French counterpart Arc de Triomphehave is the distinction of being the first to honor the unknown dead of the First World War.