Why invest in Ebbsfleet?
Ebbsfleet boasts one of only three international railway stations in the country, the others being London St Pancras and Ashford in Kent. The journey to Paris is 125 minutes; Brussels takes 110.
It also takes less time to travel from Ebbsfleet to central London by train than it does from most London boroughs. Seventeen minutes is barely enough time to finish a vanilla latte.
The station was opened in November 2007, and Eurostar services began two months later. It is owned and operated by HS1, and is the only station in the country to be served exclusively by high-speed trains.
Two other railway stations, Northfleet and Swanscombe, fall within the Ebbsfleet Garden City boundary. Both are on the South Eastern Main Line, and offer direct rail services to Charing Cross in under an hour.
Ebbsfleet's exemplary transport connections don't end with rail. The future garden city is only two miles from the M25 orbital motorway, while its southern border is the main A2 road, via which Dover can be reached in an hour by road, and central London is 20 miles to the west.
While the existing road networks in the area are deemed sufficient to serve the development of thousands of new homes, plans are being drawn up to relieve congestion at the nearby M25 Dartford crossing.
Three options for a new Lower Thames Crossing were published in 2013. Two have been taken forward and will be subject to public consultation in 2016.
One option would see a new bridge built alongside the existing Dartford crossing, while another would connect the M2 in Kent with the A13 and M25 in Essex, via a Thames crossing just east of Gravesend.
The Dartford option is projected to cost up to £1.6 billion, and the Gravesend option £3.2 billion. Whichever is chosen, the new crossing is due to open within a decade.