People are 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.
Cllr Jeremy Kite, Leader of Dartford Borough Council said: “The C2E Partnership are at a stage where they would like to know residents’ views about five potential options.
“Three of the options are for extending the Elizabeth line from its current planned terminus at Abbey Wood towards Dartford and Ebbsfleet. One is to improve existing rail services to connect into the Elizabeth Line at Abbey Wood and one is to provide a new bus rapid transit, building on the Fastrack network in Kent.
“By giving their views, residents can influence which options are taken forward for further development. So I encourage everyone to have their say by visiting the consultation link before it closes on 28 February.”
Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE, Leader of the London Borough of Bexley and Chairman of the C2E Partnership commented: “This is a really important opportunity for residents and businesses to give their views on how important improved public transport links are to them. While there is a lot of uncertainty at the moment on the future of public transport, we know that better links will be fundamental to our plans to bring forward new high quality homes and jobs which can be accessed in safe, sustainable ways”.
“By responding to this consultation, residents and businesses can demonstrate to Government how important new public transport links are to the future of this area”.
You can respond to the consultation here:
The consultation closes on 28 February 2021.
Notes to editors:
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:
- London Borough of Bexley
- Dartford Borough Council
- Gravesham Borough Council
- Ebbsfleet Development Corporation
- Kent County Council
- Thames Gateway Kent Partnership
In 2019, Government allocated funding for a major study to assess and develop a range of different transport options (including both Elizabeth line extensions and lower cost options) in order to support new housing and employment growth along the corridor. The C2E Partnership is responsible for the delivery of this study.