Will the roads and railway around London be able to take the extra capacity. Felixstowe also recently opened a deep-sea terminal to take the largest vessels and will probably be better placed to move cargo around the UK.
"Felixstowe also recently opened a deep-sea terminal to take the largest vessels and will probably be better placed to move cargo around the UK."
Felixtowe and Southampton have three deepwater berths between them - London Gateway will have six. It effectively doubles the UK capacity to take the world's biggest ships.
London and the South East is the UK's biggest market, and this port is right on the doorstep. A research study showed that the new port can save shippers £59 per container to the Midlands and North West and £189 per container to London and the South East. That's a powerful selling argument.
"The 'gap' between north and south is widening, both culturally and economically. It could be said that the rest of the UK feeds off the 'South East's scraps'"
I would interpret that statement as a good reason to just get on with building HS2. Isn't that why the Victorian expansion of the railways was so important in our industrial development? New ports, new airports, new railways, new roads, they all need each other to benefit off each other to the maximum benefit for the country just as much now as 150 years ago.