Town hall backs Dagenham freeport bid

Docklands landmarks and developments. The Thames Barrier

The town hall has backed a move to create a freeport along the River Thames. - Credit: Ken Mears

The town hall has backed a move to create a freeport along the River Thames.

A joint bid by the companies DP World, Forth Ports and Ford would see the freeport work alongside the Ports of London Gateway and Tilbury in Thurrock.

Ford’s Dagenham plant is expected to be at its heart. Councillors voted to support the project at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, January 19.

Cllr Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: “We are lending our support to the bid  to ensure increased economic prosperity benefits our residents.

“We are looking forward to helping securing more opportunities across regeneration, green growth, a massive shift to rail use and bringing jobs to the borough, so that the people of Barking and Dagenham benefit.”

The freeport would link sites along the estuary and is hailed as reshaping urban logistics, easing road congestion and reducing pollution along the A13 corridor.