James Brokenshire has said the new DP World London Gateway Port in Essex will provide an important boost to the economy and help ensure that Britain remains an attractive place for international business. On a visit to the port on Thursday James heard how London Gateway expects to create thousands of new jobs as well as providing new trade and business opportunities to help boost growth and support the economy.
James took a tour to the top of one of the port's towering cranes which are taller than the London Eye to gain a sense of the scale of the facility which will be bigger than the City of London when it is fully developed and capable of unloading the next generation of large vessels. The port will start handling its first container ships from November.
London Gateway will be the most significant port developed in the UK in the last 20 years and, with a total cost of £1.5billion represents a confident investment by DP World in the future of UK trade. The port’s unique position, close to the largest centres of population in the country, will revolutionise Britain’s distribution network, taking over 60million lorries off the road annually and saving up to 148,000 tonnes of CO2 being released into the atmosphere.
In addition to the port itself, the Government has also granted planning permission on 9million square feet of land on the site of the former oil refinery for a new logistics park, which has already secured investment from Marks and Spencer. As well as serving many of the UK’s leading businesses, the logistics park will also feature shared services which can be used by Britain’s lifeblood of innovative small and medium-sized businesses, helping them to export their products.
When complete, the port will have six berths each capable of taking the largest of container ships and will boast a highly-automated system of cranes and container transports. But in addition to all of this world-beating innovation, the port will also create 12,000 new jobs in the region and is already preparing to welcome its first engineering apprentices in the autumn.
Commenting James Brokenshire said “the new port at London Gateway shows a clear commitment to the UK and its future as a centre of world commerce. The combination of cutting edge technology and an already thriving maritime trade will ensure that Britain remains a key part of major shipping routes and will help make it cheaper and easier for UK businesses to do business with the rest of the world”.