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Virus fails to delay Tilbury2 opening

[ March 23, 2020   //   ]

Coronavirus may have played havoc with the global economy and disrupted international trade, but the new Tilbury2 port is due to come to market in less than a month’s time, says chief executive of Forth Ports, Charles Hammond (pictured, below).

The new terminal on the outskirts of London “will inject a transformational amount of ferry capacity into the south east of England”, he says.

He adds: “This shot in the arm for the British economy could not come at a better time. Tilbury’s owners, the Forth Ports group, are investing £250m in a new 160-acre site to create the UK’s largest unaccompanied freight ferry port and the biggest construction processing hub to feed the burgeoning domestic housing market.”

Occupying the old Tilbury Power Station site just outside the M25, P&O Ferries will start operating the new terminal with significant headroom to grow ferry connections to northern Europe. P&O expects the Tilbury-Zeebrugge route to rival Calais-Dover as a gateway to Britain within ten  years.

Tilbury2 will also be Brexit-ready when the first ship docks at the start of April.