Sixteen ports set for funding boost

Sixteen ports across England will receive a share of a multimillion-pound funding pot to help their preparations for Brexit.

The £10m Port Infrastructure Resilience and Connectivity (PIRC) initiative was launched to offer up to £1m to each site to help bring forward important infrastructure upgrades.

This could include creating more space for HGV parking and container storage, as well as improving access for vehicles to help keep traffic and trade flowing smoothly across the border.

The ports set to benefit are Felixstowe, Harwich, Southampton, Portsmouth International, Plymouth, Poole, Newhaven, Immingham, Hull, Teesport, Heysham, Liverpool, Bristol, Sheerness, London Gateway and Dover.

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 £10m PIRC fund, the Depart for Transport has provided £5m to Local Resilience Forums in areas with key freight ports.

A further £15m will go towards the development of longer-term projects to boost road and rail links.

Source: Insider Media Limited