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The proposed extension of the Elizabeth Line could bring the network into parts of Kent.
If the new loop is made you may see the line up to Ebbsfleet, Dartford and Gravesend. Thurrock Council in Essex is proposing an upgrade to its transport infrastructure and would like to add a 30-mile loop to the Elizabeth Line.
She laid out her plans to extend the railways through her region, with influence as far as Kent. One of the changes to be unveiled will be made to the Elizabeth Line, which is currently 73 miles long.
It runs from Essex in the east, to Berkshire in the west, and runs by tube through central London. The Elizabeth Line appears on the famous London Underground map, but it is not classified as a Tube by Transport for London because it uses the national rail network.
Under the proposal, the Elizabeth Line would go from Romford under the River Thames in a new tunnel to Gravesend, connecting with Eurostar at Ebbsfleet International/Northfleet. Thameslink services will follow via Bluewater and Dartford in Kent before heading to Belvedere in South East London to the current Elizabeth line station at Abbey Wood.
It will require the support of the City Hall, TfL and Westminster Government to get off the ground
This giant loop will be a stretch of about 27 to 30 miles, depending on the location of the new tunnel under the Thames. Under the proposals, there will also be a stop at a new station in the Thurrock area. The new Thames rail crossing will also facilitate high speed services to London via the Southeastern High Speed route according to the documents.
This means Javelin trains of up to 140mph run from St Pancras International and Stratford International to Southend/Shoeburnes, using the existing route to Gravesend, crossing the River Thames to East Tilbury and following the c2c rail services.
As with any infrastructure project in the UK, it will run into a number of issues before any work can begin. This means that even if the new line gets approval, it still has several years to go. But it would give commuters in Kent an alternative route into and out of London.