- £30 million will be spent on upgrades to port infrastructure, road and rail links, and build resilience within local government
- funding will ensure trade continues to flow smoothly at our ports after Brexit on 31 October 2019, whatever the circumstances
The country’s ports will continue to thrive after Brexit thanks to £30 million of investment from the government, Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, announced.
The Department for Transport called on ports across England to bid for a share of £10 million, as part of the Port Infrastructure Resilience and Connectivity (PIRC) competition, to help deliver upgrades which will enhance capacity and maintain trade flow.
On top of this, the government is providing £5 million to four key Local Resilience Forums (LRFs) – made up of emergency responders, councils and other public services – in areas with key freight ports. This will help them build infrastructure improvements to minimise any potential traffic disruption at the border.
A further £15 million will go towards longer-term projects to boost road and rail links to ports and ensure more freight can get where it needs to be faster.
Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, said: “We are leaving the EU on 31 October and we will be prepared whatever the circumstances.
“As the UK continues to develop as an outward-facing global trading nation ready for a post-Brexit world, the resilience of our trading hubs is more critical than ever before.
“This £30 million investment supports our ports in their work to boost capacity and efficiency, ensuring they’re ready for Brexit and a successful future.”
The funding comes as part of the government’s £2.1 billion investment to step-up the country’s preparations for leaving the EU.
The PIRC competition closed on 6 September, and successful bidders will be given up to £1 million each to deliver infrastructure improvements. For example, this may include providing more HGV parking and container storage space, or developing traffic systems to ensure the free flow of cars and lorries.
The £5 million for key LRFs is targeted specifically at delivering infrastructure improvements to manage road traffic around maritime ports with important trade routes with the EU.
It comes after the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government announced a separate £9 million scheme for local councils and LRFs to support their overall planning for Brexit in local areas and major air, land or sea ports. This funding could include supporting the hiring of additional staff or implementing regional communications campaigns.
The Department for Transport continues to prepare for all circumstances after 31 October and has been implementing a multi-channel information campaign to ensure hauliers have the documents they need to carry goods into the EU.