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Tilbury 2 on time

[ June 24, 2019   //   ]

Work on the Tilbury2 terminal is progressing well and is all on schedule to open from the end of the first quarter of next year, Forth Ports project leader Peter Ward told FBJ on 19 June.

With development consent received in February, construction started in April with marine works on target for completion in July and a new linkspan due to arrive from Holland. Piling has been making good progress and dredging is now underway.

One the landside, work is due to start on new road and rail links. The rail terminal would be able to handle up to six trains a day.

Tilbury2 will comprise a river ro ro terminal and a new construction material hub. The new ro ro facility will speed up turn-round times for P&O Ferries as there will be no locks to negotiate and it will allow an increase in vessel length from around 130 metres currently to 200m or so. It would allow the operator to increase its unaccompanied trailer business direct into London while continuing to move mainly accompanied freight through Dover.

The aggregates terminal would be able to handle some of the largest bulk ships afloat and would also make it possible to discharge into barges for transport up the Thames into central London.







The concrete pour of the first slab of the Tilbury2 roll on /roll off terminal took place this week by main contractor GRAHAM civils and Gill Civil Engineerin.