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Forth Ports receives £12m Government funding

Forth Ports has been granted a total of £11.7m in Government funding to support new and enlarged border infrastructure at its key import and export hubs.

The developments will take place at Grangemouth and Tilbury, with contractors set to be approved and operational by 1 July 2021.

Charles Hammond OBE, chief executive at Forth Ports, recognised how the funding can “complement [the] existing work” that is underway at Scotland’s largest container port and the fastest growing port in the UK respectively.

He 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.

“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.”

The funding from the Port Infrastructure Fund follows a £3m investment for a new rail facility at the Port of Grangemouth.

Speaking of the previous injection, Derek Knox, senior port manager at Grangemouth, said: “As the UK prepares to leave the EU single market and the customs union, the freight sector is looking at ways to maintain an efficient free flowing supply chain. 

“With the new rail offering combined with our established port operations and streamlined customs processes, the freight hub we are creating provides a unique solution.”

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