Port of Grangemouth operator welcomes £3 million funding package

A significant funding package which will support new and enlarged border infrastructure at the Port of Grangemouth has been welcomed.

By Jonathon Reilly
Thursday, 17th December 2020, 7:00 am
The expansion move will scale up and modernise the Port of Grangemouth's current rail capacity to create an extended dual rail siding of 775 metres – currently 200 metres – capable of handling the longest freight trains on the UK network. Contributed.
The expansion move will scale up and modernise the Port of Grangemouth's current rail capacity to create an extended dual rail siding of 775 metres – currently 200 metres – capable of handling the longest freight trains on the UK network. Contributed.

Forth Ports, specifically its Grangemouth Tilbury and Tilbury2 hubs, will benefit from an £11.7 million grant from the Port Infrastructure Fund.

The Port of Grangemouth is Scotland’s largest container port and handles 30 per cent of the country’s export.

Last week it was announced £3m will be invested to create a facility capable of handling the longest freight trains in the UK.

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The investment will also enhance network shipping connections to northern European’s industrial base through key hubs like Rotterdam, Antwerp and Hamburg.

Contractors are on-site and the new border inspection facilities are set to be in place for July 1, 2021.

Charles Hammond OBE, chief executive of Forth Ports Group, said: “This £11.7m funding allocation for new border facilities will complement our existing work with cargo owners, shippers and the wider freight community to ensure that our global gateways stay highly productive and congestion free.

“Harnessing our vast experience and proven performance of handling rest-of-world trade supported by IT-backed border and booking systems, an extensive network of ferry and container connections and excellent onward rail and road linkages to the largest domestic consumer markets, we will ensure that goods continue to flow efficiently across our borders and onward to their final destination.

“Supply chains are realigning as they seek greater resilience and a low carbon route close to market and our ports are ideally placed to support through our investment in infrastructure, market-leading turnaround times and capacity for growth.”

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