In order to achieve suitable access to the site, a carefully designed new road and rail corridor is proposed.
Ensuring that the impact of TILBURY2 on the road network is minimised was a clear message from the community during the non-statutory consultation. Having a rail link into the site is fundamental. A large proportion of the materials through the CMAT and RoRo will leave by rail. Network Rail have confirmed that there is sufficient capacity for the predicted number of trains. We propose diverting the existing Riverside Railhead to the TILBURY2 site to ensure that TILBURY2 is fully rail enabled from the outset.
A new road link is proposed linking Ferry Road and Fort Road. The alternative would be to upgrade Fort Road itself. This has been ruled out as it would not be suitable for increased HGV use, even with improvements, and would lead to more HGVs and activity close to Tilbury Fort, disturbing its setting and enjoyment by visitors. The new road will include provision for cyclists and pedestrians. It will be a single carriageway road and we are currently considering the nature and location of the street lighting.
HOW DOES TILBURY2 RELATE TO THE LOWER THAMES CROSSING?
The short point is that it doesn’t. The Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) proposals are at an early stage and whilst the Department for Transport has announced its preferred route, the timetable for bringing the LTC proposals forward is such that TILBURY2 needs to be able to operate without it.
HOW MUCH TRAFFIC?
The Port presently generates 13,500 vehicle movements in a typical day. By comparison, the A1089 north of the ASDA roundabout accommodates approximately 29,000 vehicles per day. We estimate that TILBURY2, as a very worse case, will generate approximately 3,000 vehicles per day.
CAN THE ASDA ROUNDABOUT BE IMPROVED?
We are looking at improvements to the layout of the ASDA roundabout and discussing these with Highways England and Thurrock Highways. We believe that the geometry of the roundabout could be improved to reduce queueing. Less queueing would lessen the impact of pollution from HGVs on the area. Some in the local community have suggested building a flyover at the roundabout. We believe this is unnecessary, would be visually intrusive, and would have a greater environmental impact.
A new route for pedestrians and cyclists from the town to the ASDA supermarket is already being put in place as part of the Amazon development, avoiding the need to cross the road at the ASDA roundabout.