Thames Gateway and the Olympics

John Denham - £23m boost drives North Kent network forward

Published 30 March 2010

A further £23m investment to improve the crucial North Kent road network was announced today by Communities Secretary John Denham.

The funding will allow up to ten upgrade schemes on the A2 trunk road, a key North Kent route, and the local strategic highway network that will contribute to the continuing growth of the Thames Gateway.

The investment from Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) will contribute to the Kent Thameside Strategic Transport Programme which along with other partners has created a fund of over £200m that will deliver vital road improvements over the next 10-15 years in North Kent.

The upgrades to the local transport infrastructure will enable the long-term sustainable development of 25,000 homes and creation of 50,000 jobs by 2026 in the Kent Thameside area. It will support Ebbsfleet Valley, Eastern Quarry and major development along the Dartford and Gravesham waterside.

John Denham said:

"We continue to give North Kent the support its needs to grow and develop in the Thames Gateway. Today's new funding for key North Kent roads will help deliver 25,000 more homes and 50,000 jobs for local people in Ebbsfleet and along the Dartford to Gravesend waterside.

"This is just one more part of the Government's support in the Thames Gateway that is delivering real economic growth in area and helping moving the UK economy towards recovery."

The Thames Gateway continues to diversify its economy and exploit its potential as the natural home for new technologies in waste, energy, shipping and logistics, sectors that will bring higher skilled jobs and economic growth.

It is also home to the world's first Sustainable Industries Park in Dagenham Dock. It comprises 25 hectares dedicated to leading clean tech companies such as Closed Loop Recycling and the Institute for Sustainability. Cyclamax, an energy from waste company, will produce up to 16MW of energy per year, enough to power 31,500 local households. 

Independent analysts Experian have forecast that London Thames Gateway will outperform the rest of the UK during the recovery, in economic growth and jobs growth. 

For example two weeks ago dredging work started on creating the new deep water London Gateway port at Thurrock. This has been possible because of £1.5bn investment secured by Government and others from DP World. This could cut more than 148,000 tonnes of CO2 road haulage emissions, which will help establish the Thames Gateway as an eco-region.

Notes for editors

1. The ten road upgrade schemes are:

Scheme Major Development Sites in Vicinity
A2 Ebbsfleet Junction Ebbsfleet Valley/Eastern Quarry
Northfleet Embankment
Swanscombe Peninsula
A2 Bean Junction Eastern Quarry
Waterstone Park
Ingress Park/Swanscombe Peninsula
A2 Demand Management Eastern Quarry/Ebbsfleet Valley
B262 Hall Road Junction Springhead Park/Northfleet Rise
(part of Ebbsfleet Valley)
A226 London Rd/St Clements Way Eastern Quarry
Waterstone Park
Ingress Park/Swanscombe Peninsula
St James Lane Pit
A226 Thames Way (STDR4) Dualling Ebbsfleet Valley/Eastern Quarry
Northfleet Embankment
Swanscombe Peninsula
Dartford Town Centre Lowfield Street
Station Mound
Northern Gateway sites
Rathmore Road Link

Gravesend Town Centre redevelopment

  • Heritage Quarter
  • Shopping Quarter
  • Hospital & Commercial Quarter
  • Civic & Leisure Quarter
  • Transport Quarter
A206 Marsh St Junction The Bridge
Northern Gateway sites
Fastrack - Northfleet to Garrick St Northfleet Embankment
Gravesend Town Centre redevelopment

2. The schemes will be phased throughout the 15 year life of the programme.

3. The Thames Gateway provides a platform for developing the new industries and jobs important to the future economic prosperity of London, the South East and the UK.  All the building blocks are in place to accommodate crucial industries, including environmental technologies, digital and creative industries.  The region's leading academic institutions are reinforcing these specialisms to make sure businesses have access to cutting edge research and innovation and that local people have the skills to take advantage of the opportunities on offer.

4. The Thames Gateway has potential to lead in areas such as science, research and innovation, low carbon industries, creative industries and digital media, developing electric vehicle technology, green energy provision and recycling and retrofitting commercial and residential buildings.

5. The Thames Gateway is an unrivalled location for environmental/clean tech industries specialising in recycling, energy generation, material processing, manufacturing of recycling materials, anaerobic digestion and biofuels. UK already home to up to 5 per cent of global market for environmental technologies with an annual turnover of £16bn.  These businesses are expected to contribute £45bn to UK economy by 2016.

6. Thames Gateway is home to the world's first Sustainable Industries Park in Dagenham Dock which is already home to leading clean tech companies such as Cyclamax (Energy from Waste company), Closed Loop Recycling and the Institute for Sustainability. The Park comprises 25 hectares dedicated to environmental industries and is the UK's largest concentration of such businesses, housed in 125,000 sq m of BREEAM excellent standard business space.

7. There has been increasing demand for and participation in higher education for Thames Gateway residents.  Since 2000, there has been an increase of almost 43 per cent in the number of residents participating in higher education.

8. Significant investment already underway to develop new educational facilities, including a new partnership between UEL and Birkbeck in Stratford and new campuses for Ravensbourne College (Greenwich Peninsula) and Havering College (Rainham).

9. A state of the art National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills will be set within the Royal Opera House Production Park in Thurrock and will deliver industry-led training and apprenticeships for the creative sector (which generates £6bn per year for the UK economy). This will help address an anticipated need for 30,000 skilled backstage and technical theatre staff by 2017. It will help support young people by boosting skills and improving access to jobs. 


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