Thames Gateway London Partnership urges the Government to step up its support of the Thames Gateway
Thames Gateway London Partnership has today, on the first anniversary of the coalition, urged the Government to recognise the ‘massive unexploited potential’ of the Thames Gateway region through tangible measures of support.
TGLP, a cross party organisation representing local authorities and universities in the Thames Gateway area welcomes the creation of an enterprise zone in the Royal Docks but has warned that as the government continues to focus its attention on the rest of the country, more needs to be done in order to stimulate and sustain growth in Europe’s largest regeneration scheme.
Chief Executive Ros Dunn said:
“Sir Peter Hall has recently asked if there is much to celebrate on the 20th birthday of the Thames Gateway. The answer is “yes…and no”. “Yes” because our successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games in London would not have been possible if the supporting infrastructure brought by the Thames Gateway project had not been there. “No” because there is still much more to do, and little sign that the government is giving the Gateway the continuing priority it needs to deliver the sustained economic growth which benefits the whole of the country. Commitments to further essential infrastructure in the sub region, such as extra river crossings and the interchange of HS1 and HS2 through Stratford International station would be a real cause for celebration.”