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.