Ports in East Anglia, including Felixstowe, will receive a £1.24m boost as part of a government scheme to help ports across England prepare for Brexit on 31 October.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that the Port of Felixstowe and Harwich International Port are among 16 successful bidders for the £10m Port Infrastructure Resilience and Connectivity (PIRC) competition.
The fund provides ports up to £1m each to deliver important infrastructure upgrades, including more space for HGV parking and container storage as well as enhanced vehicle access facilities and signage to help keep traffic and trade flowing smoothly across the border.
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.”
Alongside the £10m fund, the DfT has provided £5m to Local Resilience Forums (LRF) – partnerships made up of representatives from local public services, including the emergency services – in areas with key freight ports to help them build infrastructure improvements and ensure traffic continues to flow smoothly at the border.
A further £15 million will go towards the development of longer-term projects to boost road and rail links to ports and ensure more freight can get where it needs to be faster.