Tilbury dockland road and rail, 2017
If you get the train to Tilbury intending to go to the landing stage, there is a connecting bus service from Tilbury Town, but, in the time you wait for the bus to arrive, you can pretty well walk there in the same time if you get a move on.
You walk along St Andrew’s Road, dock wall on one side and a verge, the railway line and the backs of houses in Dock Road on the other. The traffic is mainly port related, trucks and trailers, a lot of containers, 20 and 40 foot, they rattle along and bounce about so there’s a fair bit of noise which the people across the way must have gotten used to. And then, a container train comes along, loco hauled unlike the usual C2C traffic. The container train must be coming from the new London Gateway at Stanford Le Hope; Tilbury container traffic joins the main line much further up. London Gateway boast that their trains are the longest in the UK, almost a quarter of a mile long with destinations from Warwickshire to Lanarkshire, but they do have to rattle over C2C and Greater Anglia tracks in Essex to get there, and every now and again, you may see one.
This was recorded about 6.30 and seemed a little quieter than before, I presume there was an earlier deadline.