Almost two years ago, the Port of Tilbury, London’s major port owned and operated by Forth Ports Ltd., entered into an agreement to purchase 152 acres of land on the site of the former Tilbury Power Station. The company has now submitted an application to build a new terminal adjacent to the current port in Thurrock known as Tilbury2. The terminal will be built on a 152-acre site and is central to the Port of Tilbury’s 2012-2020 £1 billion investment programme. The port will invest at least £100m in infrastructure and facilities on the land.

The land acquisition will bring the total acreage of the port to 1,100 acres, this includes the 70 acres occupied by the London Distribution Park where the UK’s largest Amazon warehouse is situated. The expansion will result in the equivalent of a 25% expansion of the current port.

Port of Tilbury terminal

“This is a significant land acquisition for the Port of Tilbury. As London’s major port, it is a key resource for companies who need to access London and the South East of England. We are acquiring this additional land to extend the port in response to increasing demand from customers who are seeking additional capacity within the port.”

Charles Hammond
Chief Executive
Forth Ports

Expanding a sufficient supply chain

The port has doubled in volume size in the past ten years and is projected to double the volume across the quay (from 16million to 32million tonnes) and triple the direct employment (from 3,500 to 12,000 jobs) over the next 10-15 years. The port’s expansion so far has included:

  • A £20million refrigerated distribution centre at the London Container Terminal
  • London Construction Link alliance created to consolidate construction and waterborne transport on the Thames
  • The 70-acre London Distribution Park industrial & logistics development

Expansion is needed to cope with rising demand for construction materials and aggregates from the UK’s building sector, imported and exported cars, as well as an increase in ferry traffic, which carries consumer goods, perishables (food and drink) and steel between Europe and the UK.

Port of Tilbury ship

“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.”

Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox
International Trade Secretary

A significant distribution centre

It is envisaged that Tilbury2 will be operational in Q2 2020 and will act as a satellite of the main port. It 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
  • New national strategic rail which is being designed to be capable of accommodating the longest contemporary freight trains and a road connection into the site.

The port is already a significant distribution centre covering over 850 acres and is well positioned to access the M25 orbital motorway and the rest of the UK’s national motorway network. In addition, there are direct rail connections within the port, with access to the whole of the UK.

“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. Tilbury2 is a significant part of port’s £1bn investment strategy as we look to provide the next generation of logistics facilities to equip Britain to take advantage of new business opportunities and cement existing trading relationships.”

Charles Hammond
Chief Executive
Forth Ports Group

About the Port of Tilbury

Port of Tilbury birds eye view

The Port of Tilbury is a diverse multi-modal hub, covering around 1,100 acres. The port is the number one UK port for forestry products, construction materials, paper, grain, recyclables and warehousing space. The port’s London Container Terminal handles a mix of short and deep-sea services and has the greatest reefer (refrigerated container) point connectivity in Europe. Tilbury’s strategic location makes it a natural point for distribution. The port offers customers excellent transport links to and from the UK’s capital and across the South East as it is well positioned to access the M25 orbital motorway and the rest of the UK’s national motorway network. In addition, there are direct rail connections within the port and dedicated barge facilities.

For more information about the Port of Tilbury, see here.