UK port infrastructure given £10m boost for Brexit preparation

The Department for Transport has announced the successful bidders for a share of the £10m Port Infrastructure Resilience and Connectivity competition. Sixteen ports in total will receive a portion of the fund, which is intended to help ports bolster their infrastructure before Brexit’s 31st of October deadline.

Ports will receive a maximum of £1m, which can go towards infrastructure upgrades such as HGV parking, container storage, and improved vehicle access.

The funding is part of the government’s £30m plan to prepare the UK’s port infrastructure for increased load following its departure from the Europe Union on October 31st. A further £15m is reserved for long-term projects, such as boosting rail and road links from ports in an effort to make sure freight is delivered on schedule. The remaining £5m will go towards Local Resilience Forums—partnerships comprised of representatives of key local public services—in order to help build additional infrastructure improvements.

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.”

A full list of the successful bidders can be seen here.

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