Reopening of Tilbury Passenger Footbridge

Tilbury on the Thames, a new community based trust, reopened the historical Passenger Footbridge during their launch at The London International Cruise Terminal in Tilbury.

On Wednesday 6th July, an exciting event was held at the London International Cruise Terminal for the launch of Tilbury on the Thames. The trust, which was launched through funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund and tremendous support from The Port of Tilbury, has recently received £8000.00 from Tesco Bags of help scheme.

The Launch was hosted by the Port of Tilbury’s Chief Operating Officer, Perry Glading and welcomed the Mayor of Thurrock, local historians and many more to celebrate the first of many projects that will look at combining commercial and community activity to safeguard the heritage of the Cruise Terminal buildings for the future.

Tilbury’s passenger footbridge, which leads to the ferry landing stage at London International Cruise Terminal, was re-opened during the launch of the trust with an exciting bridge burst from 7 children from Lansdowne primary school, they burst through a paper covered entrance with plenty of energy and excitement to the delight of the audience.

The event took place on a glorious sunny afternoon with Cruise and Maritime’s flag ship the Magellan making the perfect backdrop for the event before she sets sail on her British Isles discovery Cruise.

After more than 20 years this little bridge that is a historical piece of engineering and part of local heritage has now opened to the public.

Editors notes:

  • Tilbury on the Thames are a community based trust which aim to restore and celebrate the heritage of Tilbury
  • 1170 organisations from each of Tesco’s 390 regions up and down the UK received a share of the Bags of Help fund.
  • Over 4,500 groups up and down the country applied for grants from the Bags of help scheme. These were whittled down to three in each of Tesco’s regions.
  • Funding from Tesco Bags of help - money that has been raised from the 5p bag charge across the country.
  • 7 year six students from Lansdowne primary school attended the event.
  • Tilbury on the Thames vision

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Steve Lyons

Head of Cruise

Steve has worked in shipping for over 40 years and brings a wealth of understanding about the industry.

Steve was very much a container man and and was responsible for a short sea container terminal before moving to Enterprise Distribution Centre for paper where he was based for 8 years.

Cruise is just one of Steve’s jobs but he has a keen interest in the industry, and the heritage of the buildings.

Steve certainly brings a keen eye for detail and takes pride in the floral displays at the front of the cruise terminal and takes a active role as a director of the Tilbury on the Thames Trust that is working with the local community to restore and celebrate the Cruise Terminal building.



Robert Mason

Head of Cruise

Rob Mason RICS BSc Hons is a Chartered Surveyor. Upon qualifying in 2003 he managed Property portfolios for large Pension funds.

In 2008 he was employed by Forth Ports Ltd to asset manage the commercial property and head up the Port security of Forth Ports 7 Scottish Operations.

He is currently the Head of Cruise for the Scottish Operations 3 Cruise Ports and 2 Anchorages, handling around 120 vessel calls and 140,000 passengers annually.

Forth Ports is the largest Port operator in Scotland and 3rd largest in the UK, 50% of Scotland's GDP in goods going through its ports and estuaries.