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David Cameron has visited the new London Gateway port in Essex and called it "an emblem of ambition". Pictures by Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Prime Minister David Cameron looks over the River Thames estuary from the top of a 138m high quay crane at the new London Gateway container port which is under construction on the River Thames near Tilbury in Essex.
The new container port at Tilbury was called "an emblem of ambition" by the Prime Minister during his visit.
The Prime Minister welcomed news that Marks & Spencer is to build a new distribution centre at the new London Gateway port, which opens later this year.
The Prime Minister said the new London Gateway Container Port at Tilbury was, "absolutely the sort of investment we need more of in our country."
When it is complete, London Gateway will be the largest deep sea water port in Britain.
The Prime Minister said: "It is a pleasure to be here today, and to see the sheer scale of DP World's investment. A site larger than the Olympic Park, cranes taller than the London Eye, a port that will handle three and a half million containers a year. This whole development is an emblem of ambition."
David Cameron added: "This is the sort of scene you are used to seeing in developing countries. Enormous new port facilities that will make Britain competitive, that will make our products competitive, that will make sure we are a winner in the global race."