We Need Options and Clean Air, not a toxic Triangle!
A follow up to our recent story where Matt Jackson (Thurrock Resident) met with a Kent contingency of alternative ‘clean’ transport supporters.
Matt spoke about the lack of North / South rail connections, saying this opens up a real opportunity in the marketplace and workforce between Essex & Kent. Further investment in rail is needed for passenger and freight in the South East!
A North / South Thames link not only provides resilience between the north Kent line and the C2C into London, but also, with some further investment a link could be taken up from Grays via the existing C2C line covering Tilbury Town (offering work opportunities with Tilbury Docks) and Stanford Le Hope for DP World, but also north on to Chelmsford along side the existing A130 for example.
This kind of thinking is what’s needed in today’s modern world of cheap motoring. Offer routes that really would make a difference to peoples lives, something that just might shorten peoples commutes, ideally not sitting in traffic but enjoying a scenic countryside rail ride to and from work.
In the past all routes focused on getting to London, however in this day and age work exists all over the Counties of Essex & Kent. Why has north / south rail links never been investigated?
On the Essex side a route from Pitsea (via C2C) could link with the Liverpool St Line near Rayleigh and Greater Anglia at Chelmsford. Think of the business potential!
A full news article was published in Kentonline May 25th 2017… See below for further reading.