Green light for new £200 million London port

Green light for new £200 million London port

The Government has given the Port of Tilbury the go-ahead for Tilbury 2 – a new £200 million port terminal adjacent to the current 930-acre site in Thurrock, on the outskirts of Greater London. 

Forth Ports Groups, owner of the Port of Tilbury, received development consent from the Secretary of State for Transport for the scheme, which will be built on the 152-acre former Tilbury Power Station site. 

Construction will commence within weeks. Works include a new deep water jetty in the River Thames; a roll on/roll off ferry terminal for importing and exporting containersand trailers to northern Europe, in partnership with P&O Ferries; a facility for importing and processing bulk construction materials plus storage for a variety of goods, including cars. As well as links to the existing road and rail networks, a strategic rail terminal, which can accommodate the longest freight trains of 775m, will also be created. 

When operational in Spring 2020, Tilbury 2 will be the UK’s largest unaccompanied ferry port and the country’s biggest construction processing hub, with AEO-trusted trader status.

The Port of Tilbury has doubled the size of its business in the past 10 years and is projected to double the volume of cargo across the quay (from 16 million to 32 million tonnes) and increase direct employment (from 3,500 to 12,000 jobs) over the next 10-15 years.

Charles Hammond, Chief Executive of Forth Ports Group, said: “This is great news for the UK at a tim e when the country needs its ports more than ever before. Tilbury 2 will deliver much needed port capacity to support businesses importing and exporting to and from Europe and the rest of the world. The terminal will be fit-for-purpose for the UK’s departure from the European Union, utilising the latest technology and streamlined border processes, in support of continued market demand created by business growth.

“By 2020, £1billion will have been invested in Tilbury’s expansion plans, including Tilbury 2 and the 55-acre London Development Park, with the full backing of our shareholders.”

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