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We’re doing our bit say British Ports – what about HMG?

[ March 13, 2018   //   ]

UK ports and terminals have an estimated £1.7bn of port infrastructure investment in the pipeline, according to new research by Moffatt & Nichol, says the British Ports Association.

The research is part of the British Ports Association’s ‘Port Futures’ programme and captures significant schemes all over the UK and highlights how ports in all parts of the UK are investing in new facilities to foster growth in the UK market. BPA policy manager, Mark Simmonds, said: “Ports are doing their bit but we rely on Government to ensure that road and rail connections from the port gate are fit for purpose. The terrestrial and marine planning and consenting process is also cumbersome and costly and often holds back or even prevents some sustainable port development. We hope that this report helps Government to develop an accurate picture of the investment that industry is making when developing its policies and making its own investment decisions regarding infrastructure.”

The research was carried out by Joseph Collins, of Moffatt & Nichol, who said: “It’s also likely that there are a many more privately financed infrastructure projects planned or underway all around the country, which haven’t been discussed in public yet. Together, these projects help ensure that the 95% of UK trade that moves through our ports continues to do so as efficiently as possible.”