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London Gateway 'could create 12,000 jobs'

It's cost more than 1.5 billion pounds, taken 6 years to build - and today it finally opened. London Gateway is a new port on the north bank of the Thames, that will be able to handle the world's largest cargo ships.

When fully operational it will be the country's second largest port - and could bring thousands of jobs to the region. Our Political Ccorrespondent Simon Harris reports.

Port's USP will be handling biggest ships afloat

The first ship to call at the London Gateway on a commercial service put the new port in business today.

London Gateway opened for its first visitor today Credit: ITN

DP World, one of the largest port operators invested £1.5bn into creating the 2.7km quay. The cranes stand on an area that has been built using mud and silt reclaimed by dredging a 100km stretch of the North Sea.

DP World invested 1.5bn to create the port Credit: ITN

London already has two ports on the Thames - Tilbury, upriver, and Thamesport, downriver - but London Gateway differs by being able to handle the biggest ships built.

London Gateway differs from London's other two ports by being able to handle the biggest container ships Credit: ITN

Felixstowe and Southampton, the UK's biggest container ports both have five berths available for ultra-large ships.

London Gateway opens with one berth, a second will be available from next April with more following in line with demand.

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London Gateway officially opens

London Gateway
The London Gateway "super port" has cost £1.5 billion to build. Credit: ITV

A vast new deep-sea container port for London officially opens today.

London Gateway in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, is a £1.5 billion "super port", which is expected to save British importers and exporters hundreds of millions of pounds every year from reduced transportation of goods across the UK.

It is the closest deep sea port to London, Birmingham and Manchester.

London Gateway is Europe's largest logistics park with 9.25 million square feet of warehouse capacity, and it is thought the development will add £3.2 billion to the economy each year and 12,000 direct jobs.

The port will take approximately 2,000 trucks off the roads a day and 148,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, saving money for freight forwarders and cargo owners by giving them more direct access to consumer markets across the UK.

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