London Gateway to create more than 27,000 jobs

PUBLISHED: 06:50 31 July 2013

More than 27,000 jobs will be created by the London Gateway development when it opens later this year, new figures show.

The forecasts by business analysts Oxford Economics also predicts the capital and wider region will benefit from £2.4billion each year.

The new global trade hub, which will combine the a deep-sea container port with Europe’s largest logistics park, is located on the north bank of the River Thames in Thurrock, Essex, no more than 20 miles from Barking and Dagenham.

Yesterday, while visiting the site, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “London is set to regain its position as one of the world’s greatest ports, and establish itself once again as a gateway to world trade.

“This gargantuan site will create tens of thousands of jobs in our capital and the South East, whilst helping to drive continued prosperity for the rest of the UK.”

A couple of weeks ago Marks & Spencer became the first business to announce the use of the logistics park, planning to build a 900,000 sq ft distribution centre on the site.

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