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C2E - Crossrail to Ebbsfleet

C2E Campaign BrochureThe concept

Crossrail to Ebbsfleet (C2E) is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to unlock substantial growth potential in South East London, North Kent and the wider Thames Estuary.  It is designed to transform the economic geography of the London-North Kent corridor.

By extending Crossrail services to Ebbsfleet, C2E would complete a missing link in connectivity and underpin the major regeneration planned throughout the corridor – in areas long held back by poor transport connections. C2E would support a substantial portion of 55,000 new, high-quality homes where they are needed most. With new commercial and industrial hubs being established from Bexley Riverside to Ebbsfleet Garden City, C2E will also support the area's potential for 50,000 new jobs.

The history

In 2004, when the decision was made to truncate Crossrail's south-east branch at Abbey Wood, it excluded Kent and much of South East London from the opportunities offered by Crossrail to connect places east and west of the Capital and into the heart of London itself.

The potential

TGKP has been working with Transport for London, the Greater London Authority, London Borough of Bexley, Dartford and Gravesham borough councils, Kent County Council and Ebbsfleet Development Corporation since 2015 to develop the business case for extending the Elizabeth Line eastwards from Abbey Wood to Ebbsfleet. If achieved this would bring the North Kent corridor and central and West London within easy reach of each other, allow direct connections between Ebbsfleet (including HS1), Canary Wharf, London City and Heathrow airports and so open up access to wider job markets and investment opportunities. The benefits would also extend eastwards into Kent, giving improved connectivity for locations such as Medway, Ashford and Canterbury and enhancing Ebbsfleet’s standing as a commercial hub.

The approach

The Partnership submitted an initial Strategic Outline Business Case to Government in September 2018, for consideration in the context of the Government's response to the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission's report. In its response to the Growth Commission's report, the Government committed £4.85m towards the next phase of work during 2019-21.  This Study, dubbed AW2E (Abbey Wood to Ebbsfleet) is looking at a full range of options, including non-rail and low-cost solutions, for enhancing the connectivity between Abbey Wood and Ebbsfleet.

After an extended procurement process, the Study got fully underway in mid-2020 and is due to complete around October 2021.  Led by Atkins-Jacobs and KPMG, it is hoped the Study will make a clear case for investment in deliverable solutions and lay the foundations for pursuing those further with Government support.  Our partner London Borough of Bexley issued this Press Notice about the launch of the work.

For more about the background to this initiative, see Background Information - C2E.