Future of the Royal Docks (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Sakina Sheikh Sakina Sheikh Labour

What plans are there to enhance the Royal Docks so that it becomes a destination for both tourists and Londoners alike?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

In 2018, I approved an ambitious £314m programme to help accelerate the regeneration of the Royal Docks and transform it into a dynamic new destination for London. The Royal Docks 10-Year Plan sets out in detail what we are doing to unlock the full potential of the area, including significant investment in new homes and jobs, transport, the public realm, as well as a world-class cultural programme that is already drawing tens of thousands of new visitors to the area. Huge strides have been achieved since 2018, and I remain committed to working with the London Borough of Newham and local stakeholders, such as ExCeL (who are about to start work on an ambitious expansion programme so they can continue to attract world leading events and millions of visitors to the area, each year) so that the Royal Docks can continue to play a key role in London’s economy - bringing a wealth of new opportunities to the area and its communities. The recent announcement that the Elizabeth line will open on May 24th will also undoubtedly be a game-changer as it will cut journey times to the Royal Docks by up to two thirds, with central London just 12 minutes away.