The Anonymous Widower

Consultation Opens On Extending The Elizabeth Line Into Kent

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Ian Visits.

This is the introduction to Ian’s post.

A consultation has opened on proposals for improving public transport services connecting Ebbsfleet, Dartford, Slade Green, Erith and Belvedere with Abbey Wood.

The consultation is being run by the C2E Partnership, which was formed in 2016 to promote extending the Elizabeth line into Kent, although the new consultation does look at alternatives to the Lizzie line as well.

The early plans for Crossrail included running the line out towards Gravesend, but this was cut back in the 1990s, and in 2008 when Crossrail got approval, it was difficult to support the extended line. However, some passive provision was included in the station design at Abbey Wood to permit an extension to be added on later.

There are five options being looked at by the C2E Partnership.

Three of them are extensions of the Elizabeth line, one is improved services from Kent to Abbey Wood, and the final is a Rapid Bus Transit service.

There are maps of the various options.

At the moment, I doubt there is much that will happen, with low levels of commuting due to the pandemic and a near-bankrupt Transport for London.

January 28, 2021 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. I agree that it’s unlikely to happen soon, but extending to Gravesend would maake a great deal of sense. I’ve never quite understood why Abbey Wood was chosen as a terminus (apart from thhe fact that one of my wife’s relatives lives there!)

    Comment by Stephen Spark | January 28, 2021 | Reply

  2. Service should continue as far as Gravesend which has three platforms,one of which can be used to turn trains.Also essential is proper interchange between Northfleet and Ebbsfleet International stations.These are opposite each other.Northfleet is on a hill and Ebbsfleet clearly visible below but no easy road access.I have walked between the two a journey of about a mile on difficult roads.They are actually much closer and could be linked by cable car!

    Comment by Hugh Steavenson | January 29, 2021 | Reply

    • Totally agree with your comment on the need for a proper, safe pedestrian link between Ebbsfleet and Northfleet. When I tried it a few years ago, it was not an easy or pleasant journey between the two.

      Unfortunately, this is typical of the shoddy, unco-ordinated transport planning that we have to put up with in Britain. What other country would build a new station like Ebbsfleet without trying to make some sort of interchange with the existing railway network? Even pre-Grouping rivals sometimes did better.

      Comment by Stephen Spark | January 29, 2021 | Reply

      • I would suspect that the original plans included some form of link, but the Treasury said no!

        Comment by AnonW | January 29, 2021


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