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300 new jobs being generated in a single year, following £75 million investment by tenants and Forth Ports – facts that will stay with shadow chancellor Ed Balls after his visit to Tilbury.

Mr Balls was joined by Thurrock Labour candidate Polly Billington. Their tour of the Tilbury site, included London Container Terminal, one of the UK’s largest and handles, along with other Tilbury terminals, more than half a million containers a year. The visitors were also updated on The London Construction Link alliance between S Walsh and the port – which offers water transportation for sites near the river and lowers lorry numbers on London’s roads.

Mr Balls and Ms Billington were also brought up to speed on the newly-launched London Paper Terminal and
the development of London Distribution Park. It’s thought the park will eventually bring 1,100 new jobs to the Thames Gateway area.

"Tilbury is London's engine, supporting Britain's economic growth”, the shadow chancellor said. “The port is the UK's

gateway to Europe and our relationship with Europe is an important factor in ensuring the port thrives. The new investment in Tilbury will have a positive impact on the local economy, by boosting the number of skilled jobs and apprenticeships."

Mr Balls met Tilbury staff and saw for himself how a refurb of the Grade II Listed London Cruise Terminal was well underway. It welcomes around 50 cruise liners every year with about 50,000 passengers.

Commenting on the visit, Perry Glading, Chief Operating Officer at Forth Ports (Port of Tilbury owners), said: “Today was a great opportunity for Tilbury to showcase the port's pivotal role in supporting the UK economy, from supplying construction materials for housing schemes across the South East and large infrastructure projects like Crossrail to supporting the drive to improve recycling rates with the largest sorting and export facility in Britain.”

Tilbury bosses and Frontier Agriculture have announced a new partnership that will see a significant amount of grain exported from the port every year.

The grain terminal at Tilbury is one of Britain’s biggest, handling crops for export and UK markets. The new agreement begins in July.

Charles Hammond, group chief

executive of Tilbury owners Forth Ports, said: “We have an excellent relationship with Frontier and their previous joint venture entities, which spans over 40 years and this new long-term agreement will further strengthen our grain terminal business at Tilbury for the future.”

 
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