London Gateway officially opens

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.