The journey begins

23 June 2006  •  Author(s): David George, Fastrack Project Manager, Kent Thameside Delivery Board

The first stage of a new bus rapid transit system is transforming public transport in north Kent – and potentially far more widely if the innovative approach is taken up elsewhere. Fastrack is providing the UK’s first example of a high quality bus-based rapid public transport system specifically designed to meet the needs of a growth area.

Kent Thameside is one of the main growth areas in the Thames Gateway. Focussed on the urban areas of the boroughs of Dartford and Gravesham in north Kent, the area has potential to deliver up to 50,000 new jobs and 30,000 new houses over the next 20 to 30 years as large brownfield sites are regenerated. A key catalyst for regeneration is the new Channel Tunnel Rail Link station at Ebbsfleet, which will bring about a step change in accessibility for the area, providing easy and rapid connections to and from central London, Paris and the continent.

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