A new 24-hour bus service has been launched running through north Kent to serve a new, huge Amazon warehouse in Dartford.

The bus route, titled Fastrack AZ, will run 24/7 to help prevent further congestion on already often-gridlocked roads when the new 'Mega Box' centre opens, but the service is also open to the general public.

Together with transport operator Go Coach, the retail titan has launched the new 24-hour bus route, Fastrack AZ, which is now live and runs seven days a week.

Amazon announced earlier this year plans for a £200 million 'Mega Box' warehouse, creating 1,300 new jobs in the north Kent area.

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The vast four-storey 'fulfilment centre' has been built in Dartford at the site of the decommissioned Littlebrook Power Station, near to the tunnel approach on the River Thames.

Among the largest in Europe, the project was proclaimed as as being inside a critical "last journey" location inside the M25.

The new service will see buses run every 15 minutes during the day and 30 minutes overnight with a £1 single fare for those alighting between Dartford and the new warehouse and £2.50 for those outside.

The route runs from Dartford Station to the new Amazon warehouse, before continuing on through Greenhithe, Swanscombe and Ebbsfleet International until finishing at Gravesend Bus Station.

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Amazon have not made any provision for on-site parking, instead offering new employees a range of different options, including the Fastrack service after reaching an agreement with Kent County Council.

Subsidised bus trips from Woolwich, Arsenal DLR and Thamesmead plus a free Dartford to Gravesend shuttle bus are also on offer.