MPs and Council Leaders met last week (21 March) in Parliament to mark the C2E Programme’s submission to the Thames Estuary Growth Commission.
This is a major milestone in the campaign, and a key step towards securing government support for the proposed extension to the Elizabeth line, expected to be delivered during the 2020s.
Local MPs and Council Leaders discussed the benefits of the C2E extension, which will support large-scale regeneration and new housing in South East London and North Kent, as well as generating much needed new rail capacity for key journeys – such as to Canary Wharf. C2E will better connect Kent and South East London to central London and Heathrow, and link the high speed HS1 and HS2 services.
The Thames Estuary Commission, led by Sir John Armitt, will report in May. If it endorses C2E as a critical infrastructure investment, Leaders and MPs will be seeking Government support to enable the extension to reach the next phase of development involving a full business case and detailed engineering design.
On behalf of the MPs present, Teresa Pearce MP said…
“C2E will deliver transformative growth to part of South East London, Bexley and Kent. It is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to tackle the poor connections to London and Kent that have held the area back for so long – evidenced by the fact that Bexley is one of the few boroughs without metro style tube or train services”.
“As MPs we stand four-square with Borough Leaders in our desire to see this critical piece of infrastructure delivered for the area”
Teresa O’Neill OBE said…
“With London’s population growing, and the need for new housing a national priority, it is vital that we finish the job on Crossrail 1 and ensure that it is extended from Abbey Wood, through Dartford and on to connect to HS1 at Ebbsfleet”.
“We are grateful that Sir John Armitt and his team of Commissioners appear to see the huge potential that C2E can unlock for the region and we look forward to seeing their report in May”
Paul Carter CBE said…
“Kent must not be left off the Crossrail network - C2E will be transformative, providing new routes and capacity for commuters across Kent to travel to the capital, linking with both HS1 and HS2 high speed rail services. It will support new communities such as the planned garden settlement at Otterpool Park near Folkestone and bring new transport links and opportunities to our coastal towns. We want to see government invest in this bold new transport scheme and see the fast Crossrail trains joining HS1 at Ebbsfleet. This was the original Crossrail vision – it is time to finish the job.”
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