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Thames Gateway bus route praised by Government watchdog

North Kent's new bus rapid transit (BRT) system Fastrack has been praised in a key report published last week by government spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO).
Its report The Thames Gateway: Laying the Foundations examines how the Government is managing the Thames Gateway programme and Fastrack is cited with Docklands Light Railway extensions as examples of publicly funded transport projects that are enabling regeneration and development of the Thames Gateway. Fastrack Project Manager David George said: 'Fastrack is a cost effective transport solution and its success is critical to the sustainable future of the area. It is good that the key role of Fastrack in enabling regeneration has also been acknowledged by this independent audit.'Fastrack's role as a key transport link with Ebbsfleet International Station was also recognised recently with award of a 'Certificate of Excellence'. The High Speed Train (HST) Integration Project, which promotes integration with the European HST network, visited Kent Thameside last week to see for themselves how Fastrack will link the local area with Ebbsfleet International in time for the start of new Eurostar services in November this year.

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