The construction of the London Gateway is well and truly underway, and when it is finally finished lorry drivers across the UK will find themselves saving time and mileage when it comes to delivering to some of the UK’s biggest markets, including those in the South East, Midlands and the North-West. The London Gateway is being constructed on the north bank of the River Thames, and when it is completed will be the largest logistics park in the whole of Europe and will provide deep-sea shipping access for some of Europe’s biggest companies.
A large amount of commercial vehicles across the UK are used for logistics, and companies are always looking for new ways to save money, including buying cheap insurance for vans and lorries, managing their fleets efficiently, and reducing the mileage on as many journeys as possible. Charles Maeby, London Gateway commercial director claims that the new port will help logistics companies, and that: “The London Gateway is all about reducing the cost of road miles.”
“We have reduced the number of lorries on the road in the construction of the London Gateway and we offer our customers the ability to reduce their lorry miles and save on CO2, fuel and time costs as London Gateway is simply closer to the UK’s major markets, not just in the South East but also the Midlands and the North West.” Not only will the London Gateway reduce the cost of road miles for logistic companies in the future, but has already managed to save nine thousand lorry journeys in the construction of the site.
In a completely unprecedented move, the company decided that instead of using lorries to deliver the aggregate needed for the sites construction, that they would use the bulk cargo ship Yeoman Bridge to deliver nine thousand tonnes of aggregate directly to the port via the River Thames. Discussing the delivery, London Gateway harbour master Colin Hitchcock said: “Yeoman Bridge is the largest aggregate ship to come this far up the River Thames to date. The 249 metre long ship arrived with a 14 metre draft and docked safely along London Gateway’s berth two on Sunday.”