Original article from Kent Live
The Tube network currently has 11 lines, covers 250 miles and serves 270 stations, extending as far north as Epping in Essex, Morden in South London, Upminster on the London/Essex border and Amersham in the west.
The £18billion Elizabeth Line will add a stretch of 60 miles from Reading in Berkshire and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east when it opens in 2022.
This is all very well for those living above the Thames, but it got us thinking – imagine if the Tube did run in Kent.
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The idea isn't as farcical as it sounds, after all thousands of commuters travel up to London every day and we're sure Londoners would appreciate being directly connected to the garden of England.
So, ignoring the fact that any journey on the service would involve spending hours in a dark, rattling tube these are the three Kent places we think would most benefit from the service.
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Distance from nearest tube: 13 miles
Likeliest line: DLR
The first stop on the 'Kentish Line' would be Dartford, which has a population of 109,709 people.
Dartford is one of the closest places to London in Kent so stopping there just makes sense.
Many people in the town work in the capital and vice versa, so both would benefit from the new link.
The line would also improve standard of health in the town.
Dartford has long been synonymous with the dirty and busy toll bridge so building a new low emission underground link would surely alleviate congestion.
The more we think about this, the more it makes sense – Dartford has always basically been an extension of London, it's time to make it happen.
Distance from nearest tube: 32 miles
Likeliest line: Overground
The next stop on the 'Kentish Line' would be the county town of Maidstone.
For too long, our proud capital has been hampered by its two small railway stations which offer comically long connection times to London.
The journey is over an hour, that's right over an hour.
Clearly something needs to be done, and that something is a large overground route cutting through the tranquil countryside surrounding the town.
It's a small price to pay for efficiency, and with a new transport hub we could finally open up Maidstone to the rest of the south east.
Our county town has a lot to be proud of, so let's start shouting about it.
Distance from nearest tube: 57 miles
Likeliest line: Jubilee
The final stop on the 'Kentish Line' (at least in its first stage) should be Canterbury, Kent's only city.
"What!", I hear you cry, "Canterbury already has very good transport links and how would the underground line stretch that far!?"
Yes, this is all true but hear me out.
Canterbury may not be the county town of Kent but it is our only city and has always served as something of a spiritual capital.
Every year millions of tourists descend on its cobbled streets to visit its historical sites and quite frankly the cities infrastructure can't cope.
The trains are packed, the roads are clogged and dirty and you can't get a parking space to save your life.
This bold transport link will solve all those problems and because it's underground we won't have to knock down any listed buildings to install it.
This is surely common sense no?