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C2E - Background to the Abbey Wood to Ebbsfleet Initiative

The C2E campaign, in which TGKP is a partner, is continuing to make the case for transformational investment in the transport corridor between Abbey Wood and Ebbsfleet to improve capacity and connectivity and boost growth in the economy, housing and jobs. 

In September 2018 C2E partners submitted a Strategic Outline Business Case to the Department of Transport, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and HM Treasury seeking Government support to continue more detailed work on developing options, encouraged by the backing offered for the C2E concept in the report by the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission.  You can read the letter sent by C2E partners to Chris Grayling, then Secretary of State for Transport and James Brokenshire, then Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, here

In its response to the Growth Commission in March 2019, the Government has committed £4.85m funding towards the next phase of business case development, to support the development of 'low-cost' proposals subject to suitable housing ambition (http://www.tgkp.org/content/Thames_Estuary_Commission_Response.pdf, page 40).  

The project went through a lengthy mobilisation phase, with C2E partners working with consultants to commission the detailed work programme which will be delivered over the next 18-24 months. The Abbey Wood to Ebbsfleet Connectivity Study is being carried out by a consortium of consultants led by Atkins-Jacobs (covering land and property, technical and engineering) and KPMG (funding and financing), overseen on behalf of the C2E Partnership by a Delivery Team led by Martin Tedder as Programme Director. 

The Study fully commenced in early summer 2020.  It is considering a full range of options, including rail and non-rail solutions.  Our aim is to determine preferred options that cost-effectively meet shared ambitions for growth and improved connectivity, together with funding and delivery arrangements.

Further reading

For more information about the earlier C2E Campaign, you can still visit the campaign website www.c2ecampaign.com and download a brochure (3.7Mb).

Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission