After a year of construction, Tilbury2’s new roll on/roll off (ro-ro) terminal has officially launched at the edge of London.
Jane Imrie

Driver-free terminal “symbol of hope” for post-lockdown economic recovery

The ‘UK’s largest’ unaccompanied freight ferry terminal has officially opened for business this week.

After a year of construction, Tilbury2’s new roll on/roll off (ro-ro) terminal has officially launched at the edge of London.

Following construction by GRAHAM, the terminal will operate in exclusive partnership with P&O Ferries, importing and exporting containers and trailers with vital supplies for the UK on the ferry firm’s Tilbury-Zeebrugge freight route.

The new terminal is part of a £250m investment by owner Forth Ports to create the new Tilbury2 port.

Charles Hammond, group chief executive of Forth Ports, commented: “This is an important time for the UK as we emerge from the lockdown.

“Our new freight terminal is the country’s most modern ferry port offering a seamless and lower carbon route to the biggest consumer market in Europe, Greater London.

“Despite the current challenges we have delivered a resilient terminal with significant headroom to grow as we pursue our vision of being the nation’s strategic freight gateway to-and-from Europe. We believe that this terminal opening is a symbol of hope for economic recovery.”

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