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Why Gravesham?

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

4. Transport links

The borough benefits from an excellent road network that links the area with the rest of the UK and Continental Europe through the Channel Tunnel and Port of Dover.

Direct High Speed 1 services from Gravesend Railway Station to London St Pancras bring Gravesend closer than any other Kent town to the Capital by rail and with a journey time of 22 minutes, this is faster than areas in Zones 3 to 6 of the London underground system.

Train Links Map


In addition to the High Speed 1 rail service to London St Pancras in 22 minutes, Gravesham is served by Southeastern Metro 1 and Metro 2 main line services to London Charing Cross, London Waterloo, London Bridge, London Victoria and the Channel Ports. There is also a long-term strategic case being made to bring Crossrail east of Abbey Wood to connect with Ebbsfleet International Station and potentially Gravesend in the future.

Current North Kent Domestic Rail Timetable

Starting from London Charing Cross (current fastest route)

Gravesend 0h 51

Northfleet 0h 56

Current London Victoria Domestic Rail Timetable

Starting from London Victoria (current fastest route)

Meopham 0h 34

Full Eurostar Services to Paris, Brussels and Lille are available from Ebbsfleet International, the county's main International Station between London and the Continent. There are six daily week day services to Paris, four to Brussels and four to Lille, as well as six weekend daily services to Brussels, five to Paris and seven to Lille.

Ebbsfleet International Eurostar Services
Ebbsfleet International Rail Timetable Time
To Lille 1h 10m
To Brussels 1h 41m
To Paris 2h 05m
To Amsterdam 4h 45m
To Strasbourg 5h 15m
To Frankfurt 6h 50m


Four motorways are accessible within the area - the M2, M20, M26 and M25. This gives fast access to the wider UK motorway network and makes most European markets within one day's journey time.

Access to the wider UK motorway network from Gravesham
Destination Travel Time Distance (Miles)
Central London 0h 54m 23
Birmingham 2h 38m 147
Manchester 4h 04m 230
Calais 1h 51m 84
Lille 2h 59m 152
Paris 4h 52m 257
Brussels 4h 15m 208
Channel Tunnel Terminal (Folkestone) 0h 53m 47


Gravesham is unique in enjoying an enviable 11km waterfront on the River Thames and has a long standing maritime connection. The Port of London Authority's main offices are based in the town and much of the area's deep water wharfage is used to transport commercial materials.

Companies that have chosen Gravesend due to the area's locational advantages and deep wharfage facilities include Lafarge Cement UK Ltd, Brett Aggregates, Stema Shipping, Britannia Refined Metals (part of Glencore) and leading tug operator Svitzer Towage.


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