WORK is now well underway on the site of the new Tilbury2 port.
Principle site contractors GRAHAM Construction have outlined the main works that will impact on the local community.
As part of their operations they will complete the: • construction of a new berthing facility for the import of construction materials and containers • construction of container storage and construction materials storage areas • construction of new road and rail links to the Tilbury2 site • extension to the existing Fort Road Bridge to accommodate the new road and rail link underneath • work to increase capacity on the ‘ASDA roundabout’ • construction of enhancements to pedestrian and cycle routes local to the Tilbury2 site
Fort Road, which was closed on 19 March, will remain shut for up to 48 weeks as the existing bridge needs to be extended to accommodate the new road and rail link to the Tilbury2 site
GRAHAM have started to divert existing utility services along Fort Road to allow excavation of the new road bridge.
It has been agreed that the Route 99 bus will be allowed to park up at the approach to Fort Road and Brennan Road, as this provides the least disruption to the bus route for residents.
Ecological work is ongoing, with the ecology team busy catching adders and water voles, which are being safely relocated to a newly created habitat. Nesting bird control zones are being maintained across the site.
And removal of topsoil in the Roll On, Roll Off (RoRo) Terminal ahead of the soil stabilisation works has started.
Peter Ward, Commercial Director, Port of Tilbury said: “It’s exciting to see work underway at the Tilbury2 site following our Development Consent Ordering being achieved in February.
“We are keen to share the progress of this project through these regular newsletters and our project website.
“GRAHAM are working on both the land and marine construction of the new port which will operational in 2020. We appreciate the local community’s support as we create this new port which will secure the future of the port, stimulate economic growth and employment for the area.”