UK’s Port of Tilbury has completed the statutory consultation process on its proposals to build a new port terminal, Tilbury2, on the Thames close to the current port.
Tilbury2 is planned to be built 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.
The port 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.
The port estimates that demand for use of its facilities will increase further in the next 15 years which the Tilbury2 proposals would support.
The statutory process closed on July 28 and was part of the second stage of seeking views from communities and key stakeholders. As explained, the port will now further develop the scheme in light of all the feedback received before submitting a formal application for a development consent order (DCO) to the Planning Inspectorate in the autumn this year.
“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,” Peter Ward, Commercial Director at the Port of Tilbury, pointed out.
The proposed terminal at Tilbury2 will act as a satellite of the main port and it is proposed that it will comprise a roll on/roll off (RoRo) 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.