Tilbury plans to build new terminal
London's major port the Port of Tilbury has submitted an application to build a new terminal adjacent to the current port in Thurrock in Essex.
The proposed terminal, known as Tilbury2, is intended to act as a satellite of the main port and will be constructed on a 152-acre site that was part of the old Tilbury Power Station.
An application for a Development Consent Order to build the new terminal, the port said, has been sent to the Planning Inspectorate, the UK government agency that examines planning applications for nationally-significant infrastructure projects.
Tilbury2, which is anticipated to be operational in the second quarter of 2020, will have a roll-on/roll-off ferry terminal for containers and trailers, a construction material processing facility, a storage area and new, national rail and road connections to the site.
The port said that expansion is needed in order for it to be able to handle growing demand for construction materials and aggregates from the UK's building sector; imported and exported cars; and an increase in ferry traffic (which carries consumer goods, food and drink and steel between Europe and the UK).
Tilbury2 is part of the port’s £1bn investment plan for 2012 to 2020, the port claimed, with this financing also comprising a warehouse for Amazon UK, which began operating this autumn, at the port’s second extension site.
The port’s business has doubled in size in the past decade, and the facility is expected to double the volume across the quay (from 16m to 32m tonnes) and triple its direct employment (from 3,500 to 12,000 jobs) over the next 10 to 15 years.
Commenting on the planned new terminal, Charles Hammond, the chief executive of the Forth Ports Group that owns the Port of Tilbury, said: “Tilbury2 will deliver much-needed port capacity to support businesses importing and exporting to and from Europe and across the globe at a crucial time for the UK.”
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