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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 a high-impact and cost-effective scheme 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 will 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 2008, when the decision was made to truncate Crossrail's south-east branch at Abbey Wood, it established a critical asymmetry in the Thames Estuary - excluding Kent and much of South East London from the opportunities offered by Crossrail vision.  That decision was made in a different political and economic context. Ten years on, and in the face of rising demand and capacity constraints on transport networks, it is time to revisit it.

The potential

TGKP has been working in alliance with Transport for London, the Greater London Authority, London Borough of Bexley, Dartford and Gravesham borough councils, Kent County Council and Ebbsfleet Development Corporation to develop the Strategic Outline Business Case (SOBC) for extending the Elizabeth Line eastwards from Abbey Wood to Ebbsfleet. 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 the initial SOBC to HM Treasury and Department for Transport in September 2018, for consideration ahead of the Autumn Budget and in the context of the Government's response to the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission's report. With Government support to develop the full business case, and with a mix of public and private investment to follow, the extension could be delivered by around 2030.

In its response to the Growth Commission's report, the Government has committed £4.85m towards the next phase of work during 2019-21. For the latest information see C2E Campaign Latest.

You can read more about this exciting initiative at and download a brochure (3.7Mb) describing our shared campaign in more detail.