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About TGSE


Thames Gateway South Essex (TGSE) stretches along the north bank of the Thames, running to the eastern fringe of London.

As part of the Thames Gateway, it is an established national priority area for growth and, in Lord Heseltine’s words, “crucial to UK competitiveness”. The TGSE area has the potential to add another £2.4b to the UK economy each year.

Stretching from Purfleet, Thurrock in the west to Rochford and Southend-on-Sea in the east, the TGSE is already home to more than 650,000 people, 54,000 businesses and a workforce of over 200,000.

Thanks to its excellent transport networks, the area is once again putting itself at the centre of UK national and international trade.

The TGSE area has excellent road and rail links to the capital and the rest of the south east and other UK markets. Port and airport connections to Europe and beyond are also substantial – and improving all the time.

The London Gateway super-port and logistics park and the massive redevelopment of London Southend Airport are just the most recent and high-profile developments.

Thousands of new jobs are being created in the area, along with high-quality new homes and leisure facilities for the local communities.

About the Growth Partnership

The Growth Partnership aims to coordinate regeneration in the area and speak with one voice to ministers and others involved in funding and development decisions, including those distributing Local Growth Fund allocations over the coming months.

It also helps local authorities cooperate on planning matters

The partnership is led by business representatives and the leaders of the six local authorities.

The Growth Partnership has already worked with partners to secure significant private sector investment in nationally important projects. These include London Southend Airport and the London Gateway Thurrock super-port.

It has also worked with partners to deliver publicly-funded projects.

However, much of our ambitious growth programme has a long way to go.

Local Growth Fund support is essential to ensure we exploit the area’s full potential.

The TGSE is seeking £196m from the fund – money that with £400m of local authority funding could ultimately leverage in £6b from the private sector.

The Growth Partnership includes:
• Basildon Borough Council
• Castle Point Borough Council
• Rochford District Council
• Southend-on-Sea Council
• Thurrock Council
• Essex County Council
• Representatives of the South Essex business community.

Our bid for Local Growth Fund support reflects the key economic links the area has within the South East Local Enterprise partnership – particularly with regard to roads and other transport links.

See our interactive map here for details on these projects.