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1997-02-12 RTK-001
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Thames Gateway Metro proposal

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Railtrack plc

Thames Gateway Metro proposal

12 February 1997
source Railtrack plc
type Press release

A new "Metro" type service between Stratford and Dartford is proposed in a joint report from Railtrack, London Docklands Development Corporation, British Rail and London Transport.

The report proposes that a new tunnelled rail crossing links the North London Line in the Royal Docks with the North Kent Line at Woolwich Arsenal, south of the Thames and provides a new train service between Stratford and Abbey Wood.

The analysis undertaken to date shows there is an economic case for the project which could form the main public transport spine for the development of the Thames Gateway area.

The initial service could be extended to Dartford and possibly also Ebbsfleet, thereby linking the two Channel Tunnel Rail Link stations at Stratford and Ebbsfleet.

However, the study has shown that the £185m link would not be commercially free-standing and would require an external or Government contribution in order to proceed.

The concept of the proposal was identified by Government as one of three possible river crossings in east London in the "Transport Strategy for London," published last year.

The rail link is now being assessed by the Government Office for London as part of a potential package of new river crossings for which the private sector could be invited to bid.

The "Thames Gateway Metro" is seen as a potentially important part of a strategy for the regeneration of the area, in a way which reduces dependency on the car. A network of feeder services to the link is envisaged, possibly provided by high quality bus services or some form of intermediate mode such as guided bus or tram.

Gil Howarth, Director, Railtrack Major Projects Division, who chaired the Joint Steering Group said: "The study represents a good example of the various players now involved in providing transport in London working together to explore future needs."

Copies of the report can be obtained from: London Development Group, Railtrack PLC, 40 Bernard Street London WC1N 1BY London Transport Planning 55 Broadway London SW1H 0BD

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