Next week signals the start of a statutory consultation period to seek comments from local communities and stakeholders on proposals to build a new port terminal close to London’s major logistical hub.
The Port of Tilbury has been rapidly expanding over the last few years with significant volume growth on produce and goods coming in and out.
Port customers want more space to expand their businesses to keep pace with the increasing demand for the use of its facilities which are predicted to grow further still over the next 15 years.
This is where Tilbury 2 comes in with plans to build on a 152 acre site which was part of the former Tilbury Power Station. Proposals also include a new deep water jetty in the River Thames.
Tilbury 2 will act as a satellite of the main port and include a ferry terminal for importing and exporting containers and trailers.
“Our plan to create a new port in Tilbury is an exciting opportunity for not only the port and the local area but for our customers who are seeking more space to expand their own businesses. Tilbury 2 has the potential to create jobs and support the expansion and growth of the Thurrock area,” says Peter Ward, commercial director at the Port of Tilbury.
“The local communities have provided valuable feedback when we undertook informal consultation events in April. As part of the formal planning process, we are now running further consultation events on our proposals.
“Tilbury 2 will help us to continue to grow and bring economic benefit to the area and we want to hear from communities about the proposed scheme.”
The formal consultation exercise runs from June 19 until July 28 and there will be community events held across the local area.