Mayor of London Ken Livingstone today set out his plans for spreading the economic success of London into the Thames Gateway.

Speaking to delegates at the Thames Gateway Forum, Livingstone unveiled his Prospectus for the London Thames Gateway which explains how the Greater London Authority and the mayor’s agencies will work together and transform the region into a ‘corridor of growth.’

The prospectus includes plans for interlinking communities with Green spaces and accommodating the development of ‘thousands of new homes.’

Fastest growing city
He said: ‘London is the fastest growing city in Europe or North America and we now have the chance to accommodate much of this growth in the London Thames Gateway. Nowhere else offers the brownfield land and the public transport capacity needed. And nowhere else has the same opportunities to create a high quality of life around the river, new parks and renewed town centres.’

Shifting East
'London’s economic centre is shifting east and this prospectus will drive it forward. The transport infrastructure has taken great leaps forward and we have the huge benefits that will flow from the investment in the Olympics and the new Crossrail link. Only today the government has agreed additional transport funding enabling us to deliver a new fast, frequent and reliable transit service for existing and future communities in the Barking Riverside Area. The public investment now committed is unprecedented and a firm foundation for the high quality development we now want to see.'