Getting the most
from the Elizabeth line
Getting maximum value from the Elizabeth Line
C2E will realise the full benefit to London, Kent and the taxpayer from the once-in-a-generation investment in the Elizabeth Line.
Tackling the poor connectivity that has held the corridor back
C2E will provide a transformative boost to frequency and capacity in the corridor, which has historically been held back by limited connectivity.
C2E is the missing link that will catalyse
large scale development plans in place throughout the corridor.
C2E will support 55,000 new homes
and up to 50,000 new jobs.
When the Elizabeth Line opens, it will extend 55km west of Zone 1, 30km into Essex, but only 13km into South East London, not even reaching Kent, and stopping short of several major development zones.
A missed opportunity for growth
GVA per capita
The C2E corridor economically underperforms relative to comparable areas. Better connectivity across the region and into London will underpin future economic growth and prosperity
Creating new jobs &
C2E will substantially strengthen the commercial offer within the corridor - establishing new commercial and industrial hubs that act to broaden prosperity. This includes the new commercial zone in Ebbsfleet. And in Bexley, which plans to establish a major new live-work neighbourhood as a major source of
Ending poor connectivity
At 52 minutes, Dartford has among the worst journey times into London of anywhere inside the M25. It is quicker to get to Peterborough from Central London – a journey of nearly 90 miles – than it is to get to Dartford, a journey of just 19. When HS2 opens, it will be quicker to get to Birmingham.
Similarly, Bexley is one of only two London boroughs not served by tube or tram.This poor connectivity is at the heart of why the C2E region has historically failed to fulfil its potential. And is why, today, there exists a stark contrast between the C2E corridor and the productivity achieved in directly-comparable areas with greater connectivity.
Addressing poor frequency
Trains per hour (peak)
Journey times to
Securing value for the public
The scale of development potential and relatively subdued land prices, mean C2E represents a large-scale opportunity to harness land-value uplift as part of an infrastructure funding package.This includes piloting new approaches that help maximise value to the taxpayer.
Along the whole C2E corridor, C2E will help support up to 55,000 new homes for London and Kent. This
will include an appropriate blend of densities and affordability. Most critically, it will be delivered where the housing need and population growth is greatest, and not where land is most often available remote from employment centres.
Supporting up to 55,000
Where they are needed
London’s population is growing. Limited affordability in North and West London has driven population growth in outer London boroughs, especially in South and East London. This is further echoed within the C2E corridor with continued population flows from London to Kent.
A recent study projecting house price pressures high- lights (right) how the outer boroughs in the east of London are set to receive the most intense pressure on housing demand and affordability over the next decade.
Unique Brownfield Scale
Bexley Riverside alone offers around 1100 acres of under-utilised brownfield land along 8km of Thames riverfront. This is approximately equal to the Isle of Dogs
Modal shift where it's needed most
Congestion in the C2E corridor is particularly problematic because local traffic patterns here affect road-based trade with Europe, most of which is heavily dependent on the road network in the C2E corridor and across Kent.
Last year 67% of UK road-based trade with Europe travelled via the Dover Strait, creating a unique bottleneck at Dartford as freight from across the UK converges. As a result, the Dartford area is a nation- ally-significant choke point. Around a million journeys a week cross the Dartford Crossing alone. New Thames crossings are a vital part of the solution. But these must be complemented by investment in rail if we are to avoid congestion from local traffic undermining bandwidth south of the Thames.