Rail Freight

FORTH PORTS Group has received development consent to build a new terminal at the Port of Tilbury, which will include a freight terminal capable of accommodating 775-metre trains.

A Development Consent Order has been granted by the Secretary of State for Transport for the Tilbury2 development, to be built on a site covering over 150 acres which was part of the former Tilbury power station. The terminal will be adjacent to the current 930-acre site and is expected to become operational in spring 2020. The group says expansion of the port is required to cope with rising demand for construction materials and aggregates, imported and exported cars and commercial ferry traffic. A contractor to build the terminal is due to be announced shortly. The terminal will offer roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) facilities for containers along with a strategic rail terminal.