Forth Ports Group receives planning consent for new port on the River Thames
The Port of Tilbury has received development consent from the Secretary of State for Transport to build Tilbury2 – a new multimillion pound port terminal adjacent to the current 930 acre site in Thurrock, on the outskirts of Greater London.
With construction scheduled to commence in a matter of weeks, the privately funded port, Tilbury2, will be built on a site covering in excess of 150 acres, which was part of the location of the former Tilbury Power Station. When operational in spring 2020, Tilbury2 will be the UK’s largest unaccompanied ferry port and the country’s biggest construction processing hub, with AEO-trusted trader status.
Expansion is essential for the Port of Tilbury to cope with rising demand for construction materials and aggregates from Britain's construction sector, imported and exported cars, as well as an increase in commercial ferry traffic, which carries consumer goods, perishables (food and drink) and steel between Europe and the UK.
Construction of the port, which will include a new rail and road connection, deep water jetty and pontoon, will bring the project cost to in excess of £200 million. The tender process for a contractor to complete this build has been completed and an announcement will be made shortly.
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
• Storage areas for a variety of goods, including exported and imported cars.
Tilbury2 is central to the Port of Tilbury’s £1billion investment programme during 2012-20. 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 16 million to 32 million tonnes) and increase direct employment (from 3,500 to 12,000 jobs) over the next 10-15 years.
Charles Hammond, Chief Executive of Forth Ports Group (owner of the Port of Tilbury), said:
“This is great news for the UK at a time when the country needs its ports more than ever before. 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.”
Separately, The Port of Tilbury has won the Rail Freight and Logistics Excellence industry accolade at this year’s Rail Business Awards. The Port was shortlisted for its “Reinvigorated rail freight” offering, alongside two other entries – Colas Rail & Tarmac and GB Railfreight – in the company’s inaugural entry.
Over the past two years, the Port has revived its rail freight offering by introducing regular intermodal services to The Midlands, North West and Scotland; creating a dedicated bulk rail terminal, which has subsequently been expanded to facilitate growing traffic; and establishing a rail connection to the recently consented 152-acre deep-water port terminal, known as Tilbury2.
With three rail terminals in the port and the Essex Thameside rail corridor already accounting for approximately 10% of the UK's rail freight traffic, the Port is well positioned to provide sustainable and cost effective logistic solutions for customers.
Peter Ward, Commercial Director at the Port of Tilbury said:
“It’s great to receive this industry recognition acknowledging our success in reviving Tilbury’s rail offering.
“Since setting our rail freight strategy two years ago and committing significant funds to support investment in new infrastructure and equipment to aid our overhaul, Tilbury has gone from strength-to-strength, securing new and growing intermodal and bulk traffic flows.
“We remain committed to providing sustainable, multi-modal and cost effective logistics solutions to support our customers’ growth and supply chain competitiveness. Our success is founded on the strong partnerships we have formed with URM, FM Conway, Tesco, Samskip, ECS, JF Hillebrand, Eddie Stobart Logistics, Victa Railfreight and DB Cargo UK. This award is testament to that continuing positive collaboration.”