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Green light for Tilbury2

[ February 20, 2019   //   ]

Forth Ports’ Tilbury has gained development consent from the Secretary of State for Transport to build its £200 million Tilbury2 terminal adjacent to the current 930 acre site in Thurrock.
Forth Ports added that construction would start “in a matter of weeks”.
Tilbury2 will cover over 150 acres on the former Tilbury Power Station site. When operational in Spring 2020, it will be the UK’s largest unaccompanied ferry port, in conjunction with P&O Ferries, and the country’s biggest construction processing hub. It will include a new rail and road connection, with 775 rail siding, deep water jetty and pontoon.
The development will allow Tilbury to cope with rising demand for construction materials and aggregates, imported and exported cars, as well as an increase in commercial ferry traffic.
It will also include a new rail and road connection, deep water jetty and pontoon. The tender process for a contractor has been completed and an announcement will be made shortly.
Forth Ports said Tilbury has doubled the size of its business in the past 10 years and is expected to double cargo again from 16 million to 32 million tonnes over the next 10-15 years.
Forth Ports chief executive Charles Hammond said: “This is great news for the UK at a time when the country needs its ports more than ever before. Tilbury2 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 Tilbury2 and the 55-acre London Development Park, with the full backing of our shareholders.”