Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Delight as Objection to Port Expansion Withdrawn; A Commercial Feature in Association with PD PORTS

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Delight as Objection to Port Expansion Withdrawn; A Commercial Feature in Association with PD PORTS

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LAST month Middlesbrough-based PD Ports was delighted to announce it had reached a significant milestone in its proposed development of a new deep sea container terminal at Teesport.

The development is known as the Northern Gateway Container Terminal (NGCT). Until now, the application for the required Harbour Revision Order (HRO) had one outstanding objection, which could have necessitated a public inquiry being called before the Department for Transport would evaluate the proposals.

Group chief executive officer of PD Ports, David Robinson, said: "PD Ports has held a series of discussions with Hutchison about its concerns regarding capacity in the rail network for the increase of rail freight resulting from the proposed Northern Gateway Container Terminal at Teesport. The Northern Gateway will act as a Northern port for Northern markets.

"As a result of those discussions, PD Ports has decided to address Hutchison's concerns directly by contributing to the provision of upgrades to the East Coast Main Line and diversionary routes. Accordingly, Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited has removed its objection to the application for a Harbour Revision Order made by PD Ports for its Northern Gateway proposal.

Mr Robinson continued: "This is a major step forward for us and for Northern shippers and retailers. We will now work with the Department for Transport, which has already confirmed the withdrawal of the last objection, to enable the Minister to make an early decision. We are confident the minister will give PD Ports the final approval needed within the next four to six months. We already have the unanimous approval of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council regarding the plans for the land based elements of NGCT.

"By enabling Teesport to accommodate the new larger container ships we will not only create new local jobs, but we will help reduce unnecessary road and rail miles by meeting the needs of retailers and importers in locations such as Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester who want to land containers of clothes, electronics etc from the Far East much closer to their final UK destination. …

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