Top team from Thames Estuary Growth Commission visit Bexley

Photograph taken by the River Thamesduring the tour of north Bexley


Bexley welcomed a team from the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission this week (19 December), led by its recently appointed Chairman, Sir John Armitt CBE and Vice-Chairman, Professor Sadie Morgan.

Arriving at the new Abbey Wood Station, the group were taken on a tour of significant locations in the north of the borough, including the Thamesmead Housing Zone and the proposed site of Bexley’s proposed Place and Making Institute. They then moved on to Belvedere and Erith.

At the Civic Offices, Bexleyheath, Council representatives gave the team an update on Bexley’s plans for growth and the work of the C2E Alliance, of which Bexley is a member and that is pressing for the Elizabeth Line to be extended to Ebbsfleet.

The visit took place on the day that the Commission announced its priorities, which include equipping people with the right skills and providing high quality housing.

Sir John was recently appointed as the Commission’s new Chair and visited Bexley with his team to outline the Commission’s areas of focus for the coming months. These include assessing the case for proposed investments, including further river crossings and extending the Elizabeth Line to Ebbsfleet.

Council Leader Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE said: “We were delighted to welcome Sir John, Professor Morgan and their colleagues to the borough and for the opportunity to share our thinking about the economic potential of the Thames Estuary. We share the Commission’s vision of equipping people with the right skills and providing high quality housing and its support for the infrastructure we need to make this happen will be key to our plans”.

The Commission’s final report, which will lay out its recommendations to government, will be published in spring 2018.