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Passengers set for faster more convenient rail services
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date
17 Mar 2009 15:55
source Department for Transport
type Press release

note DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT News Release (036) issued by COI News Distribution Service. 17 March 2009


A new train service enabling thousands of Kent commuters to leave their cars behind and travel to London on high speed trains will lead to faster, more convenient journeys for rail passengers and boost the local economy, Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon said today.

Mr Hoon was visiting the region today to discuss the potential of bringing Crossrail services to the Thames Gateway area. The Government is working closely with councils and local stakeholders to safeguard a route there.

Whilst there, he also viewed plans for two new domestic rail platforms at Ebbsfleet station and an extended 9,000 space park-and-ride facility - both set to open in December 2009 - which will help slash journey times for rail passengers.
Inspecting the progress of work at the station, Geoff Hoon said:

"Ebbsfleet has successfully served high speed international rail services for some time now and I am delighted passengers on domestic services travelling into London and to the South East coast are about to benefit from faster journey times.

"The Government has committed 51 million to develop transport in the region and this is just one of many schemes we are supporting, including a number of local road improvement schemes and the 'Fastrack' bus service - which I also viewed during my visit to the area - which now carries more than 1.5million passengers every year."

The Secretary of State also met with local councillors and was accompanied on his tour of Ebbsfleet and the Fastrack bus service by Dartford MP Howard Stoate.

Notes to editors

1. Ebbsfleet International Station is a "bridge" station with the main concourse area over the new high-speed line. It has two outer platforms for Eurostar services and a central two-platform island for the high-speed domestic trains that are due to commence in December 2009 (HS1). It was opened to commercial Eurostar services on 19 November 2007.

2. There is a further two-platform island on the North Kent Line branch for high-speed domestic services that will link up to the Network Rail lines to Margate. Ebbsfleet is a major "park-and-ride" station with room for up to 9,000 spaces for cars and a new road link to the A2 trunk road close to the M25.

3. Ebbsfleet Valley is a flagship project in the Thames Gateway. It is set to become the major new commercial centre in the heart of Kent Thameside, between the existing towns of Dartford and Gravesend.

4. Across the Kent Thameside area, 50,000 new jobs and 25,000 new homes are planned over the next 20 years - a large number of which will be in Ebbsfleet Valley.


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