The Port of Tilbury in the UK has received development consent for the construction of a new £200m terminal, Tilbury2.

Following approval by the Secretary of State for Transport, the port terminal will be built next to the existing 930-acre site in Thurrock. The port is owned by Forth Ports Group.

Construction on the Tilbury2 ferry port on a site covering an area of more than 150 acres is expected to start soon. The port is set to be operational next year.

Port development will include a new rail and road connection, deep water jetty and pontoon.

Forth Ports Group chief executive Charles Hammond said: “Tilbury2 will deliver much-needed port capacity to support businesses importing and exporting to and from Europe and the rest of the world.

“The terminal will be fit-for-purpose for the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU), utilising the latest technology and streamlined border processes, in support of continued market demand created by business growth.”

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“The terminal will be fit-for-purpose for the UK’s departure from the European Union.”

“By 2020, £1bn will have been invested in Tilbury’s expansion plans, including Tilbury2 and the 55-acre London Development Park, with the full backing of our shareholders.”

In December 2017, the Port of Tilbury submitted an application for a development consent order (DCO) to the Planning Inspectorate to build the new terminal.

In partnership with P&O Ferries, Tilbury2 will consist of a roll on / roll off ferry terminal for importing and exporting containers to northern Europe.

It will house a facility for importing, processing, manufacturing and distributing construction materials, a strategic rail terminal, as well as storage areas for various goods.

Tilbury2 is part of the Port of Tilbury’s £1bn investment programme planned between 2012 and 2020.