Peel Group plans to start three years of infrastructure works at the 1.5m sq ft road, rail and river distribution park in August.
The property and transport giant is currently putting the team of engineering and environmental consultants together to work on the project, which gained planning consent in July 2009. Several contracts are currently out to tender for services from rail engineer to ecological consultant.
The new port will be assembled on a 200-acre site in Barton including 40 acres of container yard and will double the capacity of existing multi-modal terminals in Greater Manchester.
Port Salford will have the capacity to double the number of container trains that currently serve the two terminals on Trafford Park and to handle two container ships simultaneously and also to handle over 200,000 pallets of cargo at any one time in the rail linked distribution buildings. It will be the only inland water served distribution park in the UK.
Peel has made an application to the European Regional Development Fund through the Department for Transport towards the cost.
Indigo Planning advises Peel at Port Salford.