Sixteen English ports share £10 million pot to prepare for Brexit

Sixteen English ports share £10 million pot to prepare for Brexit

Sixteen ports across England will each receive a share of a £10 million funding pot to aid preparations for Brexit, the government has announced. 

The Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed the successful bidders of the Port Infrastructure Resilience and Connectivity (PIRC) competition, which offered ports up to £1 million each to ”deliver important infrastructure upgrades” such as creating more space for HGV parking and container storage as well as improving access for vehicles to “help keep traffic and trade flowing across the border”.

The fund is part of a £30 million government scheme, announced last month, to bolster ports across England to ensure they continue to operate efficiently post-Brexit, and part of the £2.1 billion government investment to step-up the UK’s preparations for leaving the EU.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Our world-leading maritime ports are fundamental not only to our success as a global trading nation but also to people’s everyday lives, bringing vital goods into the country.

“This timely investment will support ports across the country in their work to boost capacity and efficiency, ensuring they’re ready for Brexit and a successful future.

Alongside the £10 million PIRC fund, the DfT has provided £5 million to Local Resilience Forums (LRF) – partnerships made up of representatives from local public services, including the emergency services - in areas with key freight ports to help them build infrastructure improvements to ensure traffic continues to flow smoothly.

A further £15 million will go towards the development of longer-term projects to boost road and rail links to ports. This includes a proposal to enhance the Trans-Pennine gauge, allowing for the transportation of freight using multiple types of transport, which will connect East Coast ports with key markets in Greater Manchester and the wider North West. Also included is development work for upgrading road access to Dover, Felixstowe and Southampton ports.

The successful bidders for the PIRC competition, divided by region, are as follows: 

East Anglia

Felixstowe

Harwich

South Coast

Southampton

Portsmouth International

Plymouth

Poole

Newhaven

North East

Immingham

Hull

Teesport

North West

Heysham

Liverpool

West

Bristol

South East

Sheerness

London Gateway

Dover