A new port terminal at Tilbury Docks in Essex has received development consent from the Secretary of State for Transport.

The port called Tilbury2 is being delivered at a cost of £200 million, and forms part of a much larger £1 billion investment programme to improve the UK’s fastest growing port.

Construction work on the new port terminal and associated facilities is expected to commence swiftly with the port becoming operational in Spring 2020.

The site, formerly occupied by the Tilbury Power Station on the north bank of the River Thames, will become the UK’s largest unaccompanied freight ferry port when opened.

It will also be the country’s largest construction processing hub, and have new rail infrastructure built to accommodate the longest freight trains of 775 metres long.

Predominantly the site will consist of three main components:

  • A Roll-On/Roll-Off (RoRo) terminal for importing and exporting containers and trailers and also a warehouse;
  • A Construction Materials and Aggregates Terminal (CMAT) for handling and processing bulk construction materials;
  • Other parts of the site will be used for storage of bulk goods or vehicles, much as seen on the existing Port.

However, the plans are not without controversy, as concerns were raised regarding the impact of the proposed development on the nearby Scheduled Monument of Tilbury Fort and the Grade II* listed barracks. The fort is located less than half a mile west of the site.

For further information on the Tilbury2 project click here.

01 March 2019