The UK's Port of Tilbury has concluded a statutory consultation process on its proposals to build a new terminal facility near the existing port on the River Thames.

Neighbouring communities of the port and statutory consultees took part in the consultation, which marks the second stage of collecting views from communities and key stakeholders on the new Tilbury2 terminal.

The conclusion of the consultation has enabled the port to further develop the project with new feedback and allow it to submit a formal application for a development consent order (DCO) to the Planning Inspectorate, which is acting on behalf of the UK Secretary of State for Transport by the end of this year.

"We are one of the largest ports in the South East and our customers are looking for expansion opportunities."

Port of Tilbury commercial director Peter Ward said: “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.”

To be developed on a 152-acre site, Tilbury2 will feature a new deepwater jetty on the Thames.

The facility will also include a roll-on/roll-off ferry terminal for importing and exporting containers and trailers.

A facility for importing and processing bulk construction materials, as well as storing various goods, will also be included in Tilbury2.

Image: Port of Tilbury in the UK. Photo: courtesy of Forth Ports.