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New London Port Terminal Approved

Friday, 22 February 2019 | 00:00

Forth Ports’ Port of Tilbury has received development consent from the UK Secretary of State for Transport to build a new GB£200m port terminal to include a new rail and road connection, deep water jetty and pontoon.

Construction for the privately funded Tilbury2 is scheduled to commence within the next few weeks, with the terminal due to begin operations in spring 2020. The tender process for a contractor to undertake the build, adjacent to the current 930-acre site in Thurrock, Greater London, has been completed and an announcement will be made shortly, confirmed Forth Ports.

Charles Hammond, chief executive of Forth Ports Group, said: “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.”


Tilbury2 will comprise a roll on/roll off ferry terminal for importing and exporting containers and trailers to northern Europe, in partnership with P&O Ferries; a facility for importing, processing, manufacturing and distributing construction materials; a strategic rail terminal which can accommodate the longest freight trains of 775m; and storage areas for a variety of goods, including exported and imported cars.

The terminal will be built on a site of over 150 acres, which was part of the location of the former Tilbury Power Station. When it opens, it will be the UK’s largest unaccompanied ferry port and the country’s biggest construction processing hub.

Tilbury has doubled the size of its business in the past 10 years and is projected to double the volume of cargo across the quay (from 16m to 32m tonnes) over the next 10-15 years.
Source: Port Strategy

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