The ports of Liverpool, Heysham and Sheerness (London Medway) have secured funding to enhance measures to improve resilience ahead of the UK’s expected departure from the EU on 31 October.
The funding, announced by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, aims to create more space for HGV parking and container storage to support smooth trade operations by RORO (roll-on, roll-off) ferries, especially across the Irish Sea.
The fund comes as part of a USD $37 million government scheme, announced in September, to bolster ports across the country and ensure they continue to operate efficiently post-Brexit.
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Mark Whitworth, Chief Executive Officer of Peel Ports, said, “We are doing everything we can to help our customers continue delivering import and export trade throughout our port network.
“This government funding helps us to put in place additional measures to achieve that. Whatever happens after 31 October we are as ready as we can be to facilitate global commerce that will benefit the UK economy.”
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.