The Thames Gateway is a great place to invest, live and work.It is a fantastic location, close to the capital and the gateway to Europe. It has thriving and diverse local communities, brownfield land for new jobs and homes, and beautiful green spaces with the Thames estuary at its heart. It is a place of great potential.
Considerable investment has already gone into the Gateway, helping to deliver 24,000 homes between 2001 and 2005 and job growth of 4 per cent, around 25,000, in 2003–04 alone. This has included major transport investments, for example, upgrades, extensions and new stations on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), other public transport schemes such as the first phases of East London Transit and Greenwich Waterfront Transit and Fastrack in north Kent, and major road schemes such as the A2 widening in North Kent. CTRL will provide am assive stimulus to development at Stratford, in the London Gateway as a whole and across North Kent. But the Gateway is still not performing as well as the rest of the Greater South East. That is why the Government made a commitment in November 2005 to produce a framework for ‘the Gateway as a distinctive economic and social unit … to shape and guide investments, decisions and actions. … A framework which integrates economic, public service and housing development’. The Thames Gateway Strategic Partnership was asked to lead the process. Since last November, members of TGSP have worked closely together to produce this statement of common purpose that reflects our ambitions for the Gateway and how we will work together to achieve them. It explains how we see the Gateway and will build on the opportunities it offers: economic opportunity in the key transformational locations – Canary Wharf, Ebbsfleet Valley, the Olympic site/Stratford City and the Gateway Ports cluster housing opportunity to accommodate the region’s growing workforce and improve conditions for current residents
Download report (2006) (60 pages; 1.6MB PDF)