Forth Ports Group’s newest Thames freight facility officially opened

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson talks with port employees at the official opening ceremony of Tilbury2, the Forth Ports Group's newest freight-optimised facility on the River Thames, on January 31, 2022. (Photo: Forth Ports Group)

A new port has officially opened on the River Thames to serve freight traffic between the UK and continental Europe.

Tilbury2, the Port of Tilbury’s newest port, features container and trailer handling facilities. It currently handles exports and imported goods, including food, drink and medical supplies to and from continental Europe on P&O Ferries’ Tilbury-Zeebrugge freight route.

The site also handles Tesco’s new refrigerated train service to Scotland’s premier freight hub at the Port of Grangemouth.

The new port officially opened in a ceremony with Prime Minister Boris Johnson as guest of honour on Monday, January 31.

Tilbury2 is a £250 million (US$339 million) investment by the Forth Ports Group on a former power station site spanning 64.7 hectares. It will be fully operational in two months’ time.

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