East London wharf returns to cargo handling

East London wharf returns to cargo handling

An East London wharf is to be returned to handling cargo after it was bought by the Port of London Authority (PLA).

Peruvian Wharf in Newham will be developed as a centre for low-carbon transport of building materials in East London. A new access road to the site will be completed, and it will be let on a long-term lease to construction and building materials firm Brett Group. Brett will develop an integrated terminal on the site, which is expected to be operational in late 2017.

The PLA paid more than £3m for the site. PLA chief executive Robin Mortimer said: “We’ve fought long and hard to get Peruvian Wharf back into use. It’s ideally placed to service East London’s growth, underlining the importance of retaining strategically located sites for cargo handling.”

Mortimer said the river would play a key role in servicing the construction of at least 260,000 new homes, as well as keep tens of thousands of lorries off London’s roads every year, reducing air pollution.

Some 50 wharves on the River Thames have been safeguarded for cargo-handling use by the secretary of state for transport, following the advice of the mayor of London and the PLA.


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