Have your say on Crossrail and transport link improvements
Last Updated: 03 Aug 2021 1:42pm
People are again being urged to help shape exciting plans for improved, fast public transport services connecting Ebbsfleet, Dartford, Slade Green, Erith and Belvedere with Abbey Wood.
The proposals 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 a consultation with the public in early 2021, the transport proposals have been further developed to focus on three potential schemes.
The three options being consulted on are:
- The Elizabeth line continuing from its current planned terminus at Abbey Wood, stopping at all stations towards Gravesend, and sharing the same tracks as the Southeastern services on the North Kent Line
- The Elizabeth line continuing from its current planned terminus at Abbey Wood, stopping at all stations to Dartford, on new segregated tracks next to the existing North Kent Line
- A low cost option, which focuses on providing more rail services between Northfleet and Abbey Wood to connect to the Elizabeth line services there. This would be accompanied by a new Bus Rapid Transit service linking stations between Abbey Wood and Northfleet with their surrounding areas.
Leader of the Council Jeremy Kite said: “Dartford Borough Council is committed to working with partner authorities to improve transport links and Crossrail has the potential to significantly benefit the area.
“This consultation will help the Crossrail team understand the views of our residents and businesses and so we would urge as many people as possible to have their say.”
Cllr Teresa O’Neill, Leader of Bexley Council and Chairman of the C2E Partnership said: “We were pleased to see so many residents and businesses provide their views as part of the public consultation held earlier this year.
“Your views have been vital to help develop the plans for much needed new public transport investment. There was a clear preference to move forward with options to operate the Elizabeth line east of Abbey Wood, which was part of the original proposition for the line, so two of three options are focused on delivering that. ’
“By giving their views, residents can help make the case to Government on why enhanced public transport is necessary. So I encourage everyone to have their say by visiting the consultation link before it closes on 3 September.”
You can respond to the consultation here: