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PLA welcomes Tilbury2 approval

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has welcomed today’s news that the Secretary of State for Transport has granted development consent for Forth Ports to build Tilbury2 – a new port terminal adjacent to the existing Port of Tilbury estate.

PLA chief executive officer, Robin Mortimer, said: “Today’s news is fantastic for the Thames. It underlines the attractions of the river for terminal and shipping operators, particularly proximity to the largest market in the country. Fundamentals like these were behind the Thames Vision growth target which forecasts port trade increasing from 45 million tonnes in 2015 to as much as 80 million tonnes by 2035.

“Continued private investment on the Thames like this is creating a river fit and flexible for the future, a cornerstone of the logistics chains that keep us all fed, warm, clothed and supplied with the goods we need.”

The PLA is pilotage and harbour authority for the Thames; it will oversee appropriate consenting for the Tilbury2 scheme.

The decision letter can be found here: