Havering is bidding to be one of Heathrow's new logistics hubs, after highlighting Rainham's connectivity to the airport by rail, road, river and air.
A delegation from Heathrow airport visited SEGRO’s Beam Reach 6 in Consul Avenue, Rainham on 20 June as part of a nationwide tour of 65 sites still in the running to be construction centres for Heathrow’s proposed expansion. These 'logistics hubs' will see components of the airport pre-assembled on-site before being transported in consolidated loads to the airport, enabling businesses across the UK to form part of the airport’s supply chain as part of the government's Industrial Strategy.
Heathrow representatives were taken on a tour of part of the location and met with former leader of Havering Council and current cabinet member Roger Ramsey, senior Havering staff and local business leaders including Alan Holland, the business unit director for SEGRO and Ilker Dervish, chair of the London Riverside Business Improvement District.
Damian White, the new leader of Havering Council, said: "It's great to be shortlisted and we will be demonstrating all the reasons we think this site would be an ideal location for one of Heathrow’s Logistics Hubs. Whichever way you look at this, Havering is special.
"We have the connections, infrastructure, and skilled workforce, coupled with drive and ambition, to make this a success. With sustainability and the support of a leading, experienced logistics and development partner at the heart of this bid, we can deliver a lasting legacy for the Thames Gateway and east London region."
The proposed location is in the centre of the Riverside Opportunity area that stretches from Newham to south Essex. Around 70 transport and logistics companies are already based in the area alongside a growing engineering sector and construction industry training resources.
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