James announces package to drive growth in the Thames Estuary

Communities Secretary, James Brokenshire has announced a multi-million pound package for the Thames Estuary to create jobs, build new homes and boost local economic growth.

This includes a commitment to give £1 million to establish a new Thames Estuary Growth Board to oversee and drive economic growth plans for the area, £4.85 million to develop low-cost proposals for enhancing transport links between Abbey Wood and Ebbsfleet and a Cabinet-level Ministerial Champion to be appointed to act as an advocate and critical friend for the region within government.

This package of commitments is part of wider government support to realise the 2050 growth vision for the Thames Estuary as set out in the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission’s 2018 report.

Commenting, James said:

“The Thames Estuary has long been a gateway to the UK economy and has enormous untapped potential, which has the power to benefit those that live and work in the area.”

“Having considered the recommendations of the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission, I have announced a number of steps we are taking to unlock an even brighter future for the Estuary’s economy, marking the beginning of a new and bolder approach by this government to support the area.”