The Port of Tilbury, London, has submitted an application to the Planning Inspectorate to build a new terminal adjacent to the port in Thurrock as part of plans to meet the growing demand.
The proposed port, known as Tilbury2, will be built on a 152-acre site, which was part of the former Tilbury Power Station.
Tilbury2 is a key component of the Port of Tilbury’s £1bn investment programme, 2012-20, and includes the UK’s largest warehouse at the port’s second extension site – the 70-acre London Distribution Park – for Amazon UK, which began operations this autumn.
Tilbury, which has doubled the size of its business in the past 10 years, is projected to double the volume across the quay from 16 million to 32 million tonnes and increase the direct employment threefold from 3,500 to 12,000 jobs over the next 10-15 years.
Tilbury2 is expected to be operational in Q2 of 2020 and act as a satellite of the main port.
Tilbury2 will comprise a roll-on/roll-off ferry terminal for importing and exporting containers and trailers; facility for importing, processing, manufacturing and distributing construction materials; storage area for a variety of goods, including exported and imported cars; and new national strategic rail and road connection into the site.
International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox said: “Ports play a key role in the long-term growth of the UK economy, with Tilbury being a great example of an ambitious, successful operation which is growing to deliver the capacity businesses need to export products from the UK across the world.
“As an international economic department, we will continue to champion the growth of our maritime sector, and we would certainly encourage local businesses to make the most of the fantastic connections Tilbury has to offer.”
Forth Ports Group chief executive Charles Hammond said: “As London and the South East grows, Tilbury grows.
“Tilbury2 will deliver much-needed port capacity to support businesses importing and exporting to-and-from Europe and across the globe at a crucial time for the UK.”