The Port of Tilbury, the UK’s fastest growing port, has just received development consent to build a new port terminal, Tilbury2. Tilbury 2 is a new multimillion-pound port terminal adjacent to the current 930 acre site in Thurrock, on the outskirts of Greater London.

With the rising demand for construction materials and aggregates from Britain’s construction sector, imported and exported cars, as well as an increase in commercial ferry traffic, which carries consumer goods, perishables (food and drink) and steel between Europe and the UK, expansion is essential for the Port of Tilbury.

“This is great news for the UK at a time when the country needs its ports more than ever before. 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, utilising the latest technology and streamlined border processes, in support of continued market demand created by business growth.”

Charles Hammond
Chief Executive
Forth Ports Group

Aerial of Port of Tilbury

Tilbury2 facilities

Tilbury2 is central to the Port of Tilbury’s £1billion investment programme during 2012-20. Tilbury2 will be built on a site covering 150 acres, which was part of the location of the former Tilbury Power Station. When operational in Spring 2020, Tilbury2 will be the UK’s largest unaccompanied ferry port and the country’s biggest construction processing hub, with an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) trader status.

Construction of the port will include a new rail and road connection, deep water jetty and pontoon, which will bring the project cost to £200 million. Tilbury has doubled the size of its business in the past 10 years and is projected to double the volume of cargo across the quay from 16 million to 32 million tonnes and increase direct employment to 12,000 jobs over the next 10-15 years.

Tilbury2 will be comprised of:

  • A roll on/roll off ferry terminal for importing and exporting containers and trailers to northern Europe, in partnership with P&O Ferries
  • A facility for importing, processing, manufacturing and distributing construction materials
  • A strategic rail terminal which can accommodate the longest freight trains of 775m
  • Storage areas for a variety of goods, including exported and imported cars
Tilbury2 port expansion - bird

About Port of Tilbury

The Port of Tilbury is situated in the south of Essex.  It is the largest deep water port on the River Thames and is London’s major port providing fast, modern distribution services for the benefit of the South East of England.

Tilbury’s strategic position on the Thames provides a major geographical advantage for transport to and out of London and the South‐East making its location a natural point for distribution. Serving the UK’s market for forest products, general cargo, vehicles, grain and other bulks, the port offers customers excellent transport links to and from the capital and across the South East.

Read more about the Port of Tilbury here:

Tilbury2 Aerial shot with sketchup model

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[Source: Forth Ports Limited]