Monday, August 7, 2017

New River Thames Port Construction to Handle Containers, RoRo Ferries, Bulk Freight and More

Formal Planning Consent Sought Later This Year
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UK – The consultation process undertaken by the Port of Tilbury we mentioned last month into the development of the new Tilbury2 port terminal has now been completed. The consultation invited the views of all statutory consultees and the surrounding communities and the results are under review by the port's owners, Forth Ports, prior to submitting a formal application for a development consent order (DCO) to the Planning Inspectorate (acting on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport) in the Autumn this year.

Tilbury2 will be constructed on a 152 acre site which was part of the former Tilbury Power Station and will include a new deep water jetty in the River Thames. Forth Ports say that Tilbury has been expanding at a fast rate over the past two decades as it has experienced a significant increase in the goods and products coming through it. As a result, businesses in the port are looking for more space and the port estimates that demand for use of its facilities will increase further in the next 15 years which the development proposals would support.

The statutory consultation process closed on 28 July and was part of the second stage of seeking views from communities and key stakeholders on a development which is intended to act as a satellite to the main port and which it is proposed will comprise a roll on/roll off (Ro/Ro) ferry terminal for importing and exporting containers and trailers. Tilbury2 is also likely to include a facility for importing and processing bulk construction materials as well as storage of a variety of goods, including cars.

The project will also include surface access proposals to link the site to the existing road and rail networks and comes at a time when the new River Thames crossing, the nearest to the estuary mouth, is likely to be built and situated conveniently close to both Tilbury and the deep water port of London Gateway. Peter Ward, Commercial Director at the Port of Tilbury, observed:

“As a major employer in the community, it is important to us that we engaged with as many people as possible in the local areas during both the non-statutory and statutory periods in the past few months. We have had a lot of feedback from the community through our events and the website and I want to thank everyone who took the time to engage with us.

"We will now develop our proposals for the new port into a formal application which we will submit in the Autumn. We are one of the largest ports in the South East and our customers are looking for expansion opportunities.Tilbury2 is a part of the port’s overall investment strategy to achieve this.”

Full details of the consultation and all relevant documents to the development of Tilbury2 can be downloaded HERE.