Tilbury could be as big a freight gateway to Europe as Dover

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TILBURY could be as big a freight gateway to Europe as Dover in a few years’ time, according to P&O Ferries.

The cross-channel operator reports that it carried more freight between Zeebrugge and Tilbury in 2017 than in any other year in the decade-long history of the route.

The service carried 185,908 freight units between January and December, up 4.3% on last year and surpassing the previous best 12 monthly figure set in 2016.

Head of freight for the North Sea, Nick Pank, said: “These outstanding volumes show the growing popularity of the route from the continent to Tilbury, which we expect to rival Calais-Dover as a gateway to Britain within ten years.”

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