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Tilbury 2 Proposal Includes Ferry Terminal.

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The Port of Tilbury plans a new terminal expanding on to the former power station site. Known as Tilbury 2 the facility will include new deep water river jetties and a new in river RoRo ferry terminal. It will act as a satellite of the main Port of Tilbury having it's own dedicated road and rail links.

The proposal  has been examined this week by the local authority and the Secretary of State.

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Including a construction materials and aggregates terminal (CMAT) is the most problematic part of this proposal, IMO. Developers, the PLA and various aggregates / construction materials companies have been saying for years that additional capacity is badly needed in the London / Essex / Kent area.

Attempts to develop new terminals further upstream  (including Barking / Dagenham, Woolwich, Charlton, Canning Town etc) have mostly foundered because of noise, air pollution and road traffic issues. Will Tilbury 2 succeed where others have failed? I haven't yet studied the plans and maps in detail, but a lot will depend on the distance from the materials processing site to the residential areas, and the mitigation measures proposed. The access road and rail line will be the closest parts of the site, for which effective acoustic screening can be provided (but at a cost).

From the marine perspective, additional RoRo capacity will be welcome by many transport operators, particularly if Brexit means slower vehicle and documentation inspection and examination at ports generally. Notice the generous space allocated to RoRo container and vehicle "storage". The main Tilbury port is already used by a number of car companies for import, including Hyundai, which has ambitious growth plans. ]

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