As a 10-week statutory consultation for the Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) development consent order begins today (10th October 2018), Forth Ports reaffi..."> As a 10-week statutory consultation for the Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) development consent order begins today (10th October 2018), Forth Ports reaffi...">

Forth Port trumpets Thames Crossing

As a 10-week statutory consultation for the Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) development consent order begins today (10th October 2018), Forth Ports reaffirmed its support for a direct road connection onto Lower Thames Crossing.  

Forth Ports Limited owns and operates Tilbury, alongside seven other commercial ports on the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay: Grangemouth, Dundee, Leith, Rosyth, Methil, Burntisland and Kirkcaldy.


Tilbury is one of the fastest growing ports in the UK. Forestry products, paper, grain, recyclables pass through the port. It also has warehousing space, with a presence in cars, containers, cruise and ro-ro.


Since privatisation in 1995, the Port has invested nearly £2bn in its facilities. The Port and its tenants are in the middle of delivering a £1bn capital investment programme,2012-20.Further expansion to the 1,100 acre site is anticipated in the future.


Charles Hammond, Chief Executive of the Forth Ports Group (owner of the Port of Tilbury), said: "As the fastest growing UK port, it is crucial that this project enhances Tilburys northbound and southbound connectivity. We remain committed to achieving a direct road connection off the proposed LTC Tilbury junction into the expanding port area. To that end, we will continue to play a full and constructive part in the development of the scheme as it is shaped over the coming months."


The Lower Thames Crossing (aka Third Thames Crossing) is a proposed new crossing of the River Thames estuary linking Kent and Essex through Thurrock. The route was confirmed on 12 April 2017 by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. It is designed to relieve the pressure on the existing A282 Dartford Crossing and include a 2.4 mile tunnel between Gravesend and Tilbury. It is expected to cost in the region of £6.8bn to realise and reduce Dartford traffic by up to 22%.

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