Minister praises London Gateway during tour of flagship projects

Minister praises London Gateway during tour of flagship projects

From left: Charles Meaby; Penny Mordaunt MP; Barbara Rice, Deputy Leader at Thurrock Council; Kate Willard, Corporate Affairs Director, Stobart Group and Chair of TGSEP; and Ron Woodley, Leader of Southend Council

Penny Mordaunt MP, the Minister for Thames Gateway, was able to see the major economic benefits that DP World London Gateway is bringing to the country and the region during a visit to key growth projects in South Essex.

London Gateway, the UK’s newest container terminal and logistics park, is creating thousands of jobs and its prime location enables shippers from across the UK to make substantial savings by reducing delivery times, haulage costs, fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

The Minister and leaders from the Thames Gateway South Essex Partnership (TGSEP) were shown DP World London Gateway’s high-tech facilities in action and given an update by Charles Meaby, the port’s Head of Support Services.

As part of their visit the group saw how the first warehouse on the logistics park is taking shape ahead of its planned opening.

Following the visit, Ms Mordaunt said: “I’m delighted to be here to see this monumental development taking shape.  Strong economies need world-class infrastructure to thrive and in London Gateway we certainly have a shining example of that.

“It’s a vital part of a long-term economic plan that is creating jobs and delivering a real boost to the UK’s supply chain.”

Mr Meaby added: “We were very pleased to show the Minister the world-class facilities we have here, including our quay cranes which are the tallest in the world, to show her how the project is evolving and how we have integrated into the South Essex community.

“We look forward to Government plans for further improving infrastructure in the Thames Gateway region, such as the widening of the A13.”