Monday, February 20, 2017

UK Freight Port Hosts Housing Minister to Discuss Contribution to Plans and Further Developments

Growth of South East Impacts Construction and Container Cargo
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UK – The Port of Tilbury hosted the Minister of State for Housing, Gavin Barwell MP, at the port last week to discuss the impacts of the significant investment programme that the Port authorities are undertaking and how the facility will assist in the plans that the government has for alleviating the housing crisis in the UK. Tilbury is currently the UK’s number one port for construction materials, handling over 40 million bricks last year destined for the housing market and is also the leading handler for aggregates, construction materials and timber volumes in support of the house building and wider construction programmes in the country.

The port has doubled in volume size in the past ten years and currently handles half a million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in addition to bulk and deliveries from car carriers. A £1 billion investment, for which permission is expected this year, will see the creation of a new 152-acre deep-water port facility, Tilbury 2, adjacent to the current port. The minister was also briefed on the progress of the construction of the UK’s largest warehouse at Tilbury for Amazon UK. These two major projects, coupled with opening of Europe’s largest chill store at the port in partnership with NFT and the completion this year of Tilbury Green Power, the 40MW energy-from-waste power facility, are expected to contribute to the continued growth of the port. Gavin Barwell MP said:

“It’s been fantastic to visit the Port of Tilbury to discuss their ambitious plans for growth in the Thames Gateway area. Their planned extension will help make sure the port continues to be the UK’s number one supplier of building materials. As we set out in our Housing White Paper, investment in infrastructure is crucial to ensuring that many more homes are built quickly, in the places that people want to live.”

Commenting on the visit Charles Hammond, Group Chief Executive, Forth Ports (owners of the Port of Tilbury) said:

"Tilbury is at the heart of the South East’s growth and it was a pleasure to brief the minister responsible on the future of London’s major port. He heard for himself about our ambitious growth plans and the importance we play in the construction market as the number one port for handling building materials. This is an exciting time for Tilbury as we drive our expansion plans forward, which will generate further local jobs and substantial economic benefit.”

Photo: Gavin Barwell MP (right) talks to Forth Port CEO Charles Hammond