But will Brexit turn Tilbury into a lorry park?

Port of Tilbury

AT the weekend, a number of national news articles looked at the possible gridlock that may occur at ports such as Dover and Felixstowe as a consequence of Brexit.

We had also noted a tweet from Lib Dem leader Vince Cable a few weeks ago.

Mr Cable said: “On Thames with @LondonPortAuth. No way London ports like Tilbury can manage inspection if Brexit involves customs checks”.

Others wonder if vast swathes of Tilbury may be turned into lorry parks or are just worried that the roads will be clogged up with large vehicles.

So, we thought we would ask the port of Tilbury if they had any concerns.

A spokesperson said: “The Port of Tilbury and its customers are adept at tackling complex business challenges.

“The Government has highlighted the desirability of trusted trader schemes in their recent position paper on customs and in this week’s white paper on the UK’s customs arrangements post Brexit. Securing Authorised Economic Operator status puts Tilbury on the front foot.

“We are working with Border Force and other government agencies to make sure Tilbury2 – the new port proposed on part of the former Tilbury power station site – is fit-for-purpose when the facility opens at the start of 2020.

“Tilbury2 will add much needed British importing and exporting, car handling and European ferry berthing capacity at a crucial time.”

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