Grays lies on the northern bank of the Thames, with views of Kent to the south. The town is situated in Essex, within the borough of Thurrock. It has excellent road transport links. It is close to the M25 and the northern side of the Dartford Crossing, as well as the A13 for central London. Grays also has its own railway station, on a direct line between Shoeburyness and London Fenchurch Street. The costs of housing and living are high compared with the national average, but Thurrock is still one of the most affordable areas surrounding London.
Grays Job Opportunities
Many jobs in Grays and the surrounding area of Thurrock are retail jobs and other positions provided by the nearby Lakeside shopping centre, as well as a series of retail parks. The Port of London is another major local employer, offering a variety of port jobs for dock workers, drivers, security and administrative personnel. Jobs in Grays itself include retail and office positions in the town's local shops and businesses. Some residents commute into central London to work.
Grays Employment Trends
The search for reasonably priced housing is leading more people to discover Essex. Thurrock is one of the most affordable areas at this distance from London, so the population is likely to increase over the next few years. Grays jobs in the construction and service industries are likely to be created, to house and supply a growing population. Proposed expansion to the Port of London, including the London Gateway development, is likely to increase water traffic and associated jobs in Grays upon completion, as well as employing workers during construction. Refurbishment and development of the Lakeside shopping centre has created more space for shops and restaurants, providing further Grays jobs, internships, apprenticeships and other employment opportunities.