A NORTH-EAST port will receive a share of £2.4m as part of a government scheme to help ports across England prepare for Brexit.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced today that Teesport will be one of a number of ports across the country to be successful in 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.

“This timely investment will support ports across the country in their work to boost capacity and efficiency, ensuring they’re ready for Brexit."

The £30m funding comes as part of a £2.1bn government investment to step-up the UK’s preparations for leaving the EU, according to Mr Shapps.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Teesport is a major asset to our area and the wider UK, providing the UK’s Northern gateway to the world.

“I welcome this extra funding from Government, which recognises Teesport’s considerable importance and will help to enhance its operations in the run-up to Brexit.

"As we look to be an outward-looking, truly global region once again, the port will play an ever more vital role in our success.”