Thurrock is a small unitary council with great ambition and big plans. It is home to the UK’s first 21st Century major deep-sea container port and a key location for inward investment, skills and the job creation in the region. From the various sites across the borough, the Council expects to secure around 30,000 new jobs between 2009 and 2026.
Vemco was commissioned by Thurrock Council to develop business cases for a number of the potential development sites. One such site was Stanford-le-Hope where we investigated ways to help unlock the potential for growth in the local area. In response, we developed the following proposals:
• improvements to bus infrastructure and service reliability to the new housing developments;
• improvements to public transport reliability and infrastructure from Stanford-le-Hope station to London Gateway/Coryton;
• measures to curb traffic growth and minimise growth in transport emissions in the location;
• measures to support the N13 National Cycle Network linking Purfleet, Lakeside, Grays, Tilbury and Stanford-le-Hope / London Gateway for cycle and pedestrian journeys.
Housing growth plans for Stanford-le-Hope
Our work appears to have been successful since Government has recently made a commitment to provide funding in support of these schemes, which we believe will facilitate sustainable growth in the area.