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Thames Gateway

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether there is an overall plan for the development of transport links for London commuters as the Thames Gateway is redeveloped; and who has overall responsibility for developing transport in the Thames Gateway area; (79284)

(2) what public transport links are to be developed across the Thames Gateway region in order to support the Government’s target for jobs to be created by the project.

The Department of Communities and Local Government are producing a Strategic Framework for the Thames Gateway, in collaboration with other Government Departments, regional and sub-regional partners.

This will assist Government in determining the strategic transport requirements to support housing and economic growth in the Gateway. It will also continue on from the programme of work already set out in ‘Creating Sustainable Communities—Delivering the Thames Gateway (March 2005)’. This sets out the Government’s aim to regenerate and develop the Gateway and identified the strategic locations and key housing sites with the necessary transport infrastructure that will be required.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the planned transport expenditure for the Thames Gateway redevelopment is to be used to improve (a) buses, (b) trains, (c) car sharing, (d) underground and (e) other public transport services. (79316)

The Department for Transport has delivered or is committed to deliver direct investment of £1.6 billion in transport in the Thames Gateway area. That figure includes £700 million on public transport measures and £900 million on both strategic and local roads.