04/10/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/10/2017 07:30
Leader of Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, visited DP World in Stanford-le-Hope this morning as the first freight train left Thurrock and started its 7,500-mile journey to China.
He said: 'Thurrock is steeped in history, and this moment will certainly be one for the books. I'm incredibly proud to have been involved.
'Today marks a momentous occasion where we are now transporting goods around the world in a sustainable, and in my opinion, under-used method of transport. Thanks to the Local Development Order provided to London Gateway, Thurrock is at the heart of a major new trade route between the UK and China.
'Thurrock is absolutely cementing itself as the nation's hub for logistics, with state of the art technology, a tremendously skilled work force and a Local Authority who embraces change, improvement and regeneration - Thurrock is rightly being recognised as the gateway to 'all the peoples of the world'.
'Today marks the beginning of a 21st Century Silk Road - which starts right here on our doorstep.'