Dartford and Gravesham form an area called Kent Thameside. This has huge development potential, which will bring up 50,000 new jobs and 25,000 new homes over the next 20 to 30 years. But this amount of development cannot happen if everyone uses a car for local journeys.
So a real alternative is needed, which is why a high quality, attractive public transport system is essential as part of the redevelopment of the area.
Fastrack is already making a real difference to Kent Thameside. Positioned in the hierarchy of public transport between the railway service and current bus services, Fastrack will ultimately connect nearly all of the major existing and new developments in Dartford and Gravesham with core express routes on which only Fastrack services will be allowed to run. Alongside enhanced bus services, Fastrack already provides the frequent, reliable high quality service that ensures people can ‘get around’ – to work, to school, to play – even to London and the continent!
Flexibility is a watchword for Fastrack. An area facing such growth across a relatively large area and long period demands a transport system that can grow with time. As a bus-based system Fastrack has that flexibility built in, yet at the same time offers the reliability and attractiveness of a modern tram.
By ensuring people will be able to get around, Fastrack is the driving force behind regeneration in Kent Thameside!