During his visit, Mr Lewis was able to see for himself the scale of the UK’s new container port and logistics park and watch the 138m-high quay cranes, which arrived at the port last week, being moved into position for commissioning and testing.
“It has been great to visit London Gateway and see first-hand the sheer size of this piece of infrastructure investment and to hear more about how it is helping to boost the UK economy”, said Brandon Lewis MP. “This project is a great example of how business, the Government and local communities can work together to successfully bring a complex project to fruition, through maintaining a strong dialogue right from the planning stages through to completion.”
London Gateway CEO Simon Moore welcomed the Minister’s visit: “We are delighted Mr Lewis has been able to come down and see the speed with which London Gateway is developing. I was proud to discuss with him how it will create vital jobs for the local community, help British business save money and contribute £3.2 billion to the British economy every year. We have worked with the Government throughout the planning and building process, and we look forward to continuing that relationship.”
London Gateway port and logistics park is playing a major role in boosting the economy by creating some 36,000 jobs. Over 2,300 people are currently employed in the construction process and hundreds of operational positions will be filled this year.