GETTING AROUND

As a Garden City, Whitecliffe follows the principles of aiming to provide as many sustainable transport options as possible.  A Transport Review Group has been set up with a guiding role related to the delivery of public transport and monitoring traffic management.  The whole design of Whitecliffe ensures that movement within, into and out of the development will be easiest by walking, cycling and public transport to promote wellbeing and quality of life.

Whitecliffe benefits from excellent public transport links to all parts of the country as well as London, Kent and Europe.  Located 19 miles to the South East of Central London, Whitecliffe is in a key location, next to Bluewater Shopping Centre and Ebbsfleet International Train Station, with its 19 minute journey to Central London and Eurostar to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.   The latter provides links within 19 minutes via HS1 to central London and via Eurostar to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam. These outstanding transport links are completed by the A2(M) which runs along the Northern boundary and the M25 which only 3 miles away. 

Fastrack

Fastrack is the high-quality transport concept for the Thames Gateway area brought by Arriva.  State of the art vehicles follow a designated Fastrack route, stopping at bus stop stations with real time displays.  

The Fastrack corridor is a central route through each of the Whitecliffe villages, crossing Southfleet Road on the eastern side and connecting to the ‘shopper’s paradise’ that is Bluewater Shopping Centre in the west, via the Bean Road Tunnel.  The 80m tunnel will create a new dedicated pedestrian, cycle and bus route to Bluewater from Whitecliffe.   The Fastrack route through Castle Hill, Ashmere and Alkerden will be open in early 2022, when 90% of residents will be within 5 minutes of a Fastrack stop.

Click here to find out more. 

Rail connections

Ebbsfleet International Station
Regular trains from Ebbsfleet International Station run to London with around a 19 minute journey to St Pancras, with 57 weekly services to the continent connecting to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.  The station offers 5,000 secure parking spaces and a handy Park and Ride facility for residents, as well as around 100 covered cycle parking spaces.  For more information about the station and its facilities click here.

UK Timetable – Click here

Travel times:

St Pancras International – 19 mins
Gillingham – 29 mins
London Bridge – 38 mins

Eurostar Timetable – Click here

Travel Times

Brussels –  1hr 53mins
Paris  – 2hrs 05mins
Lille – 2hrs 34mins
Amsterdam – 4hrs 27mins

Swanscombe Rail Station
Swanscombe Rail Station provides connections to Dartford and London via Southeastern and Thameslink services.  The station has six cycle spaces.  For more information about journeys from Swanscombe, click here.

Arriva Bus

A new Arrivaclick ‘flexible’ bus service launched at Castle Hill in December 2020.  It runs throughout Castle Hill and to/from Ebbsfleet International Station and Swanscombe station.   A copy of the timetable can be found here  

Footpaths/cycling/walking

A large network of footpaths and cycleways is being planned through all the villages in Whitecliffe, connecting to the existing networks.  The central location of the Education Hub ensures maximum opportunities for walking and cycling. 

Enterprise Car Club

Enterprise Car Club is an hourly, self-service car rental company, available to members 24/7/365.  This is the only car club in the Garden City and provides members with another sustainable transport option.  The first vehicle is in its dedicated space at Castle Hill Community Centre and the number of vehicles on site will increase with demand.  This is currently a hybrid vehicle, but electric cars are planned for the future.  For more information on how to join click here.

 

Car Sharing

Kent County Council offer a car-sharing scheme – a great way to save costs, meet new people, save wear and tear on your own vehicle and reduce pollution.  Or, consider setting up your own arrangements with your neighbours if you’re travelling in the same direction.  Find out more here.

Community Transport

Community transport provides bus or car services if people cannot access public transport.  The community transport programme is organised by Kent County Council, with further information provided here.