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Government announces winners of port funding pot

[ October 1, 2019   //   ]

A total of 16 ports in England will receive a share of a £10 million fund pot to help their preparations for Brexit, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced on 26 September.

Successful bidders in the Port Infrastructure Resilience and Connectivity (PIRC) competition,  which offers ports up to £1 million each to deliver important infrastructure upgrades, were Felixstowe, London Gateway, Southampton, Harwich, Portsmouth International, Plymouth, Poole, Newhaven, Immingham, Hull, Teesport, Heysham, Liverpool, Bristol, Sheerness and Dover.

Work could include creating more space for HGV parking and container storage as well as improving access for vehicles. The fund comes as part of a £30 million government scheme, announced last month, to bolster ports across England and ensure they continue to operate efficiently post-Brexit.

Alongside the £10 million PIRC fund, the DfT has provided £5 million to Local Resilience Forums in areas with key freight ports to help them build infrastructure improvements and ensure traffic continues to flow smoothly.

A further £15 million will go towards the development of longer-term projects to boost road and rail links to ports.

This includes a proposal to gauge-enhance the Trans-Pennine rail route for freight and development work for upgrading road access to Dover, Felixstowe and Southampton ports.