Why does the safeguarding to Hoo Junction not go further; specifically why is there not safeguarding for an extension to Ebbsfleet International?
Erm..... I think you need to invest in a map or spend a bit of time looking at online ones before asking such a question as it doesn't take long to work out where Hoo Junction is.
Ebbsfleet is WEST of Gravesend on the line to London, Hoo Junction is to the EAST of Gravesend, on the way to Chatham. Any train ending up at Hoo Junction has to go past Ebslfleet then Gravesend to get there!
Hoo Junction is a railway marshalling yard and the starting point for the freight only line heading out to Grain and represents an ideal area to build a train depot should Crossrail ever extend east of Abbey Wood.
Thanks for the reply. Perhaps I should have been clearer in my question
How come when they were designing crossrail they did not choose Ebbsfleet as the terminus. SEEems like a strategically significant location (e.g HS1 and Garden Village).
The North Kent railway line operated by SE is full up (particularly close to Dartford) and has no capacity to cope with a half decent Crpssrail service, plus you would need expensive interventions like fitting DC traction equipment or adding Overheads to the current route.
Thus it was identified by TfL at an early stage that taking Crossrail past Abbey Wood requires the construction of another dedicated pair of Crossrail tracks all the way through to a point beyond Dartford - which means quite a bot of demolition as the current SE railway formation is only built for 2 tracks.
Given the Ebslfeet Garden City is slow in getting off the ground and the good interchange available with SE services at Abbey Wood there is no business case (and won't be for some time) for Crossrail to go any further east.