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London theme park developer to carry out improved transport modelling


The developer behind plans for the £3.5bn London Resorts theme park has vowed to carry out improvement transport modelling after fears were raised that it will overwhelm nearby rail and road networks.


London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH) has revealed that it will carry out a raft of additional transport modelling exercises, in its latest submission to the Planning Inspectorate.


It comes after Transport for London (TfL), Network Rail and numerous local authorities warned that transport infrastructure in London and Kent could be overwhelmed if the proposed £3.5bn London Resort Theme Park is given the go-ahead.


They also criticised LRCH for failing to carry out adequate transport modelling. In particular, concerned parties warning that the Elizabeth line, High Speed 1 rail line and key roads such as the Dartford Crossing could be severely impacted.


There are also concerns about the proposed development which uses land safeguarded for the potential Crossrail extension to Ebbsfleet.


The concerns were raised after LRCH submitted its formal planning application for the theme park in January.


In response, LRCH has vowed to submit a series of transport modelling reports and additional consultation materials to the Planning Inspectorate by February 2022.


Additional modelling will assess the impact on highways, traffic flows and predicted use of public transport.


The developer will also carry out further consultations on the route for a proposed people mover as well as commissioning a 60-year carbon emissions assessment.


The proposed London Resort comprises two theme parks covering an area of 465ha in Swancombe, Kent. If approved, work could start next year with the opening of the first theme parks in 2024. The second would follow in 2029.


Despite concerns about transport modelling, LRCH launched its search for contractors in August.


Plans for a theme park in Swanscombe Peninsula were first announced in 2012 by Paramount Pictures. Paramount later teamed up with the BBC and ITV Studios to work on the development, with plans going out to consultation in June 2020.


It has previously been suggested that the developers of the resort could part-fund proposals for a Crossrail extension to Ebbsfleet if planning permission is granted.


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