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Thames Estuary Commission poised to recommend C2E extension

PUBLISHED: 17:12 05 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:12 05 June 2018

Sir John Armitt's Thames Estuary Commission is reportedly poised to recommend to Government that Crossrail be extended to Ebbsfleet. Picture: TFL/PA Wire

Sir John Armitt's Thames Estuary Commission is reportedly poised to recommend to Government that Crossrail be extended to Ebbsfleet. Picture: TFL/PA Wire

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Sir John Armitt’s Thames Estuary Commission is reportedly poised to recommend to Government that Crossrail be extended to Ebbsfleet.

Writing in the New Civil Engineer, Mark Hansford sets out the powerful case for the C2E extension - said to have been recognised by the Commission and supported by Government.

The Crossrail to Ebbslfleet (C2E) campaign seeks to extend Crossrail 1 (the Elizabeth line) to Ebbsfleet International along the route of the existing North Kent Line, which would create a major new interchange with London.

The programme was submitted to the Thames Estuary Growth Commission, which considers options for enhancing opportunities in the Thames Estuary, in March this year.

Responding to the reports, leader of the London Borough of Bexley, cllr Teresa O’Neill, said: “It is encouraging to see support for the extension growing so strongly and swiftly – with the government, businesses and the engineering community independently recognising the potential to transform this part of London and Kent.

“If the Thames Estuary Commission recommends the C2E extension, it will add a powerful and respected voice to those in Government and across the region calling for us to finish the job on Crossrail.”

The Thames Estuary Commission is expected to publish its report on June 25.

This will set out a series of recommendations for Government investment in the Thames Estuary following almost two years’ work.

The Commission is led by Sir John Armitt, chair of the National Infrastructure Commission.

The proposed extension is expected to be delivered during the 2020s, and if the C2E campaign is successful, the extension will represent the original vision of Crossrail as a corridor reaching across London and into Kent, Berkshire and Essex.

If current plans are followed, when the Elizabeth line opens it will extend 55km west of Zone One, 30km into Essex, but only 13km into South East London, not reaching Kent.

Last month, a group of MPs discussed the possibility of the Elizabeth line connecting to the original high speed line in Kent, with Dartford MP Gareth Johnson calling it “absurd” that this is not already in the current plans.

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