A new consultation on proposals for improved, fast public transport services connecting Ebbsfleet, Dartford, Slade Green, Erith and Belvedere with Abbey Wood has been launched today.
It follows a consultation earlier this year which helped create a refined shortlist of options.
The proposals by the Crossrail to Ebbsfleet (C2E) Partnership would provide faster connections into London and to other parts of Kent. They would make journeys by public transport quicker and more attractive and reduce the need for trips by car.
Following this second consultation, a full business case will be submitted to Government in the autumn.
The C2E Partnership was formed in 2016 as an informal group of authorities to promote an extension of the Elizabeth Line beyond its current planned terminus at Abbey Wood towards Ebbsfleet.
It is comprised of stakeholders that represent local communities in the area including: Kent County Council, London Borough of Bexley, Dartford Borough Council, Gravesham Borough Council, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, and the Thames Gateway Kent Partnership.
Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport David Brazier said: “We’re now at the stage where we can provide three different options for people to comment on:
- An extension of the Elizabeth Line from Abbey Wood to Northfleet/Ebbsfleet and Gravesend, sharing the existing tracks with National Rail services;
- Extending the Elizabeth Line from Abbey Wood to Dartford using new dedicated tracks built adjacent to the existing North Kent Line, with an increased National Rail service frequency between Dartford and Northfleet;
- A third option of improving the National Rail service between Abbey Wood and Northfleet, combined with a new Bus Rapid Transit service connected to the existing Fastrack running between Abbey Wood and Ebbsfleet, linking with the stations along the North Kent Line.
“This is an opportunity for residents and businesses to give their views on how important improved public transport links are to them and can demonstrate to Government how important new public transport links are to the future of this area”.
Full details on the options can be found at https://abbeywood2ebbsfleet.com/ and the consultation closes on September 3.