The Tilbury2 project constitutes the construction on the site of the disused Tilbury power station of the following elements:
- A new “Roll-on/Roll-off” (RoRo) terminal for importing and exporting containers and trailers
- A Construction Materials and Aggregate Terminal (“CMAT”) for importing and processing bulk construction materials
- Areas of external storage for a variety of other goods such as new cars
New rail sidings and a new link road will also be constructed to connect to the existing transport networks. The road and railway line is proposed to pass between Ferry Road and Fort Road and would cross the existing common land.
The existing jetty on the river will be lengthened to accommodate three vessels at any one time and the onward transportation of goods by barge to London.
The Port does not need to acquire any residential properties as part of its proposals for the Tilbury2 project. The Port therefore has not sought any powers of compulsory purchase over residential properties.
As discussed above, some properties may be eligible for compensation under the Land Compensation Act 1973 as a result of the operation of the Tilbury2 proposals. Such claims can be made where a project causes a loss of value to a property as a result of noise, vibration, smell, fumes, smoke and artificial lighting and the discharge of any solid or liquid substance (the latter of which is not currently anticipated to occur as a result of Tilbury2). There is no entitlement to compensation until a reduction in the value of your property has occurred by reason of the factors set out above. A special court, the Lands Chamber of the Upper Tribunal, ultimately has jurisdiction to decide whether or not you are entitled to compensation. For further enquiries in relation to compensation please contact Ardent, who are dealing with these matters for the port at this stage. The details for contact are Max Curson on firstname.lastname@example.org or Charlotte Potts on email@example.com.
The red line crosses north of the railway line in order to provide sufficient space to allow for potential signage, lighting and related construction activities that may be required as a result of the proposed new bridge on Fort Road (which passes over the new Tilbury2 access road, rail sidings and existing rail line). However, it is the case that this land will only be required temporarily during construction and will not be required during operation. Apart from the new bridge, all the permanent road and rail works will be to the south of the existing railway line.
The new road will be single carriageway in each direction.
The RoRo berth is expected to receive two vessels per day which equates to 1452 movements per year. These movements are envisaged to be downstream. The aggregate berth (import and export) is expected to receive 170 vessels per annum which equates to 340 movements per year. These movements are envisaged to be downstream. The total number of additional vessel movements equates to 1792 per annum. As with any port, the number of ship movements may vary over time.
Owing to a lack of facilities on the northern side of the Thames, there is a huge demand for these facilities with increasing construction projects that are independent of the Forth Ports group; these facilities will help supply this demand.
Operation of the CMAT and associated processing facilities will include the handling of some dusty materials. The best available techniques will be applied to manage emissions, ensuring no significant adverse effects on the environment or residents. Dust control measures will be embedded in design and the processing facilities will be regulated through the environmental permitting regime. An Operational Management Plan, secured through the DCO, sets out measures for control and monitoring of dust emissions. This will ensure PoTLL (or its tenants where appropriate) have in place appropriate management, maintenance and monitoring procedures.
The existing Fort Road is not capable of safely accommodating the volume and type of traffic associated with Tilbury2. Even with improved carriageway width the current alignment of Fort Road would not meet modern design standards and would not be suitable as an access route to Tilbury2. Various options for new and/or improved roads have been considered to access Tilbury2. Full details on this issue are set out in the Surface Access Options Report appended to the Masterplanning Statement (document reference 6.2.5A) available on the PINS website. That document concluded that, assessed against a range of criteria the proposed link road would provide a safe and suitable access for Tilbury2.
It is not anticipated that there will be any direct impacts on the ferry arising from the operation of Tilbury2 for the reasons discussed at and 14.32 of the ES. The ferry operates from the existing Port of Tilbury and will continue to do so.
The Anglian Water site, except its jetty, is not affected by the Tilbury2 proposals, and will continue to be owned and operated by Anglian Water. Complaints about odour from Tilbury Sewage Treatment Works should be reported to the Environment Agency 0800 807 060 and Anglian Water 08457 145 145.
The Two Forts Walk will still be able to used, including by the Tilbury2 site, although there may be some temporary diversions during the construction period. Port of Tilbury London Limited is also in discussions with Thurrock Council as to improvements to the public realm in the area through the active travel plan referred to above.
For more information on claiming compensation please see this document: Guide to claims for loss of property value arising from Tilbury2