16 March 2018: 4:15 pm
High speed train links to the capital, as well as four airports within easy reach ensure that Basildon is a magnet for companies and commuters, as Maria Shahid finds out
With its connectivity by air, road, rail and sea, it’s easy to see why companies such as Leonardo, Ford and more recently Costa Coffee have chosen Basildon as the base for some of their key sites.
Located 32 miles from central London, the borough is served by both the c2c and Greater Anglia line.
The c2c from Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness allows commuters to reach the City in 35 minutes, while Great Anglia trains from Wickford, to the north of the borough, take 37 minutes to reach London Liverpool Street.
In January 2017, c2c introduced a number of upgrades improving the line further by providing extra carriages on the busiest peak time trains from Fenchurch Street.
In the longer term the train operator is providing brand-new trains from 2019.
Travellers heading for London also now have the option of using the stateof- the-art trains on the Elizabeth line.
Crossrail trains have been running from Shenfield (only one five-minute stop from Billericay station) to Liverpool Street since the summer, and the full line is due operational by 2019, when passengers will be able to travel through central London without having to change trains.
Added to this Basildon is less than an hour from Stansted and City airports, and Gatwick is just over an hour's drive away, offering regular flights to Europe and the world. Even closer still is Southend airport, which is only 22 minutes away by car.
The airport was voted Best London Airport 2017 by Which? magazine, and has regular flights to most of Europe’s capitals as well as Manchester, Glasgow and Jersey.
The borough also sits at the crossroads within the arterial A127 and A13 routes, which link Basildon to both the coast and the City.
Meanwhile, the A130 provides a fast route to north Essex/Suffolk towns and ports, via the A12 and A120.
For those wanting to reach Europe by train, Ebbsfleet International is a mere 34 minutes drive on the A13, via the Dartford River Crossing.
With 57 international Eurostar services departing Ebbsfleet every week bound for the continent, the station provides easy access to the rest of Europe.
The full version of this article appears in the second issue of BaSE magazine