Dartford to King's Cross:the £200k Kent commuter homes with high-speed rail connections

Thanks to a high-speed rail link connecting the commuter town to Canterbury and King’s Cross, this north-east Kent town has been transformed. 

A promising future beckons for Dartford. The north-east Kent town is already a beneficiary of the high-speed rail link connecting Canterbury and King’s Cross.

Commuters going from London to towns such as Gravesend, Chatham, Gillingham, Faversham, Dartford, and Rochester will see their trains leaving the high speed Javelin line at Ebbsfleet and continuing their journeys via the North Kent and Chatham Main Lines.

In Dartford, bleak industrial land is being transformed with affordable and attractive new commuter homes.

The town lies on the old London to Dover road, in a valley where the River Darent flows. Beside the river, where the Phoenix Paper Mill was built in 1852, a new 400-home neighbourhood is being created around a millpond.

The complex, next to the train station, was a Wellcome pharmaceuticals base after paper making ceased. GlaxoSmithKline was a later owner but the site was wound down in 2008 and a masterplan drawn up for homes. 

“It will be a garden village rather than a garden city,” says Bob Weston, chairman of Weston Homes, which is building Langley Square, above, the first phase of homes priced from £204,995. Eventually there will be a mix of 1,050 flats and houses, a new high street and play areas. Call 01279 873300.

Priory Mill is another new address. Prices from £159,995, with Help to Buy available. Call Bellway on 0845 257 6167.


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