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.”

“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.