Dartford Town Centre Improvements

The current adopted Dartford Borough Council Core Strategy (2011) sets out the council’s long-term spatial strategy up until 2026. It plans for a high level of growth in the Borough with sites and areas of growth identified for up to 17,300 homes and 26,500 jobs over the 20 year period to 2026. Dartford’s population is projected to increase from approximately 90,000 in 2006 to 129,000 by 2026.

Policy CS2 identifies Dartford Town Centre as a priority area for development and seeks its revitalisation through improving its range of attractions and environment. It states the importance of reversing the present deterioration of the Dartford Town Centre and supporting its growth to accommodate mixed use development, with key development sites identified.

Improvements to Dartford Town Centre are also identified as a priority for the borough in Kent’s forthcoming Local Transport Plan 4: Delivering Growth without Gridlock (consultation draft). The plan specifically draws on the substantial growth potential of Dartford Town Centre and draws upon the importance of sustainable infrastructure.

The proposed project, alongside other actions the Council is pursuing, will help address and support multiple objectives identified and help deliver the rejuvenation of the town centre, contributing to wider economic benefits and social well-being.

Southend Growth Hub

Phase 1: Initial works installing new heating system at Old Central Library. 

Phase 2: Creation of new education space as part of ‘The Forum Phase II’.

Thanet Parkway

Project to deliver a new railway station. Thanet Parkway Station will be located approximately 2 miles east of Ramsgate on the Ashford International to Ramsgate line, south of the Manston Airport site and just to the west of the village of Cliffsend.

Coastal Communities Housing Intervention (Hastings)

Piloting new approaches to regeneration and economic development focusing on the strategic role that housing interventions have to play in changing the perceptions of the SELEP Coastal Communities.

Three lead authorities are implementing intervention strategies to address areas of intense deprivation associated with particular neighbourhoods dominated by poor quality private rented housing, high levels of benefit dependency, and social problems.

Strood Town Centre Local Growth Fund

Journey time, accessibility, public realm and retail centre improvements to facilitate regeneration and growth.

Strood lies within the Thames Gateway, a designated area for the growth of new communities, with Medway highlighted in the Delivery Plan as a strategic location for
investment.

A number of interventions are proposed within the LGF bid to address the issue of poor journey times, improvements to pedestrian accessibility, new cycle facilities and urban realm enhancement. These will form an integrated package of traffic management measures and network improvements.

Within Strood, this funding would deliver a new station building with a new ticket hall, a better retail offer and a new forecourt to signficantly improve the customer experience.

Network Rail has already set aside funding for this project, subject to LEP match-funding being available. Works within Strood Town Centre will connect with and complement plans for the rail station and the total LGF funding bid includes for a sum of £1.25m match funding contribution to the Strood Station proposals.

Hastings and Bexhill Movement and Access Package

The Bexhill & Hastings Movement & Access Package is an integrated package of cycling, walking and bus infrastructure, traffic management and public realm improvements, aimed at supporting economic growth and planned growth across Bexhill and Hastings.

This programme will deliver improvements to junction capacity to reduce local congestion, increase the extent of the cycle network across the two towns to support greater connectivity between key destinations and support the growing appetite for cycling for everyday journeys.

Southend Forum Phase 2

The Forum is the UK’s first public-academic library and includes teaching space for both South Essex College and the University of Essex which has enabled their expansion.  It is also home to Focal Point Gallery.  The Forum 2 project will deliver additional teaching space, cultural space and opportunities for businesses, students and academics to grow together focussed on the key sector of digital, cultural and creative industries.

Grays South

Provision of a new quarter within the town centre, creating a high quality arrival point including a new pedestrian crossing for the railway and new public spaces defined by new commercial developments.

TGSE LSTF - Thurrock

The purpose of this project is to improve and integrate existing passenger transport networks, supporting infrastructure and systems to create opportunities for seamless sustainable travel across South Essex, including the unitary areas of Southend and Thurrock. Also, this will unlock additional transport capacity, which would otherwise prevent economic growth and development.

London Southend Airport Business Park

Phase 1 and 2 (including Southend and Rochford Joint Area Action Plan). Delivery of a proposed business park to support the continued growth of the Airport and its associated activities as a key economic asset and to address the current lack of availability of high quality employment land and premises in the area. This is a 55 acre greenfield site adjacent to the Airport operations and an existing industrial estate,  home to a number of aviation supply chain related businesses.

Phase 1: Infrastructure works. This includes both off-site and on-site infrastructure costs and includes a contingency and inflationary allowance. New rugby club and pitches (including parking and access road).

Phase 2: Development of the Airport Business Park Southend, including construction of an Innovation Centre, internal road construction, cycleway infrastructure, ground preparation and utilities.

Strood Civic Centre - flood mitigation

Medway Council has identified the 3.4ha brownfield Civic Centre as a target mixed use regeneration site to meet the high demand for housing, and to contribute towards our aspirations to become a Waterfront University City by 2035.

This site is within the emerging Medway Local Plan. The site is currently at considerable risk of river tidal and surface water flooding and requires protection works before it can be
redeveloped. It is currently used as a car park.

Transforming the site

Once protected, i.e. raised above forecast flood levels, it will be transformed into an area of prime, high quality residential lead mixed use development with potential for premium housing, offering fantastic views of Rochester Castle and Rochester Cathedral and access to the River Medway.

Flood resilience

Flood mitigation works will enable a feasible, flood resilient, mixed use regeneration site. Due to residual flood risks, ground floor space can be used for commercial premises, complementing the nearby Innovation Studios Strood as a satellite of Innovation Centre Medway. Regeneration of the site will provide employment land, targeted at SMEs, encouraging local cafes, restaurants and independent retailers, enabling job creation and innovation through sector clustering.

Above the ground floor will be multi-storey apartments, in keeping with quality architecture of waterfront developments in Medway including Chatham Waters, and Rochester Riverside on the opposite banks of the River Medway.

Development and employment

This will enable 564 units of housing depending on density. The combination of the construction of flood defences, housing development and commercial use will create an estimated 1033 jobs.

The overall development will make a significant contribution towards increasing employment in the area, supporting the objective of adding to the housing stock to accommodate the increasing population level and helping Medway’s Regeneration Strategy for the area. In addition, the mixed use development will encourage a vibrant environment where people will enjoy living and socialising and which will grow the local economy.

Leigh Flood Storage Area and East Peckham - unlocking growth

Works to increase urgently needed capacity of the flood storage area and at East Peckham to provide protection for existing homes and businesses and to unlock new developments.

A2 off-slip at Wincheap, Canterbury

Delivery of in the coast-bound direction to improve accessibility to residential and commercial sites, along with Canterbury town centre.

Kent and Medway Engineering and Design Growth and Enterprise Hub

Provision of a new skills facility in Canterbury to support high value employment, growth and investment in Engineering and Technology.

A2500 Lower Road

Reconfiguration of a major junction on the Isle of Sheppey that will allow planned housing and employment developments to be delivered.

Fort Halsted

The purchase and development of an ex-MOD site in Sevenoaks to open up housing, employment and commercial development in an area where availability of such sites is extremely low.

Ashford Spurs (International Rail Connectivity)

The plans of Eurostar International Ltd to introduce new Eurostar trains creates challenges for future International connectivity of Ashford and existing rail signalling infrastructure at Ashford International Railway Station is currently incompatible with the new International trains set to be introduced. 

The Ashford International Rail Connectivity project will upgrade the signalling system at Ashford International Railway Station and will take forward the vehicle change and compatibility process to ensure the retention of international rail services to Ashford.

Project need

The need for this project has arisen with the introduction by Eurostar of the new Class 374 trains, which are compliant with the modern European signalling systems (ETCS and KVB) but not with AWS/TPWS (ex-British Rail signalling system). These trains will be able to operate on the whole of HS1 and through the Channel Tunnel, but not, at present, on the Spurs which link HS1 with Ashford International station.

Without the delivery of the project, international rail services will no longer be able to serve the station with adverse consequences for the local economy, employers, employees and residents.

Project delivery plan

The project was then divided into three phases: 

GRIP 1 to 3a (business case development and project cost estimate) is being undertaken by Network Rail and financed by Network Rail, Kent County Council, Ashford BC, HS1, Eurostar, and the EU RoCK project. 

GRIP 3b to 5 (detailed design and procurement) will be financed by Local Growth Fund (LGF) (round 2) through the SELEP, for which KCC will be the client.

GRIP 6 to 8 (installation, testing, commissioning and close-out) will be financed by some LGF round 2 and some LGF round 3. The delivery of the project will be managed by Network Rail. 

Project objectives

Our criteria are that any solution should facilitate:

     
  • The continuation of the current level (as of August 2016) of Eurostar services at Ashford International Station (by March 2018).
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  • The introduction of the new Class 374 Eurostar trains serving Ashford International Station (by March 2018).
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  • An ‘operational’ route through Ashford International Station for the new Eurostar Class 374 passenger trains to access the Station via the Ashford Spurs (by March 2018).
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  • A cost effective solution through implementation and ongoing maintenance.
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  • Growth in jobs and the prosperity of the East Kent economy through the retention of international passenger services in Ashford.
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  • An equivalent level of protection to today’s system.
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  • A solution that will be operational and continue to allow access to Ashford International Station via the Ashford Spurs for any international trains operating to European gauge standards until the implementation of ETCS (or an equivalent compatible upgrade solution).

 

Mercury Rising Theatre, Colchester

The Project will enable the expansion and redevelopment of the Mercury Theatre, a significant regional cultural performance and training venue in Colchester, Essex.

The redevelopment of the theatre and the surrounding area offers the opportunity to build on the organisation’s success, the continued growth of the creative industries in the County and the growing visitor economy in Colchester, Essex and the wider South East.

The principal objectives of the scheme are to:

  • Create world class facilities for artists and audience alike improving the audience experience – thereby increasing future capacity and attracting more visitors
  • Provide a new hub housing 10 new creative businesses
  • Improve rehearsal and production facilities to support high quality production locally, regionally, and nationally
  • Increase the contribution to the creative economy including skills development, business support for SME’s in the sector and networking opportunities
  • Improve access for disabled people
  • Improve the public realm
  • Improve business sustainability
  • Open up new routes for digital presentation and creation
  • Create a safe and welcoming environment for Mercury staff and users

The Mercury Rising Scheme will upgrade and refurbish the following spaces at the Mercury:

Main Theatre - increased capacity from 483 to 620 to allow for greater financial sustainability and the installation of new technical equipment and infrastructure to meet modern-day professional performance standards. Investment will address key health and safety issues within the space for artists and meet audience expectations for the future.

Foyer (including new Bar and Catering Operation) – the current foyer is cramped, does not allow for day-time use or enable profitable ancillary sales through bar, catering or merchandise to be further developed.

In particular, SELEP’s investment will support the following ‘new’ spaces to be built on site:

Education and Training Room – this space will house the Mercury’s Learning and professional development workshops, seminars and meetings. There is no dedicated fully accessible learning space in Colchester at present. The space will allow the Mercury to expand their programme of community and education engagement, offering a gateway to learning, and work experience in the creative industries.

Rehearsal Spaces (x2) – these professional standard rehearsal spaces will be available for professional use, teaching and community engagement. One space a professional dance studio. There are no similar spaces in North Essex of professional standard.

Production Block – the production spaces (wardrobe, set construction workshop and associated making areas) housing and craft skills are at the heart of the Mercury’s operation. Importantly the re-developed spaces will be fitted to professional standard for use by the Mercury for its own productions alongside offering unique learning for apprenticeships, trainees and those on work experience. In addition, commercial producers, new theatre companies and artists will commission the space.

There is no comparable professional standard space in North Essex and only one other in Essex (High House Production Park in Thurrock).

Creative Businesses Office Accommodation – within the new production block, the Mercury will offer space for 10 new creative businesses. This addresses local demand (the Creative Business Centre in Queen Street currently has a waiting list of 25 companies). Each business will have access to all of the available facilities on site to meet clients, develop work and host launches, previews and new productions as required. These will be made available at affordable rates (when compared to similar workspace). The Mercury’s income from increased trading will meet on-going staffing and overheads.

 

M11 Junction 8 Improvements

Delivery of three distinct improvements to the junction to reduce congestion and queueing of traffic leaving the roundabout and improvements to accessibility to Stansted Airport

A127/A130 Fairglen Interchange new link road

Provision of a new link road that will provide significant relief to a major junction that is currently beset with congestion and delays.£

STEM Innovation Centre - Colchester Institute

Aligning the provision of skills training to local employer need through the transformation of an FE college into a Technology Centre of Excellence in Braintree.

Innovation Centre - University of Essex Knowledge Gateway

Provision of a new innovation centre to encourage new and SME companies to come to the University of Essex to establish and grow their businesses.

Technical and Professional Skills Centre at Stansted Airport

Delivery of a skills centre at the airport to meet skills gap in aircraft engineering, bridging gap in technical skills between level 3 and 5 and match growing skills need of the airport and wider area.

Gilden Way Upgrading, Harlow

The widening of Gilden Way to improve capacity providing access to new housing and future proofing for any additional junction on the M11 at Harlow.

Devonshire Park

Investment in a new Welcome Building as part of the Devonshire Park development in Eastbourne. The Welcome Building will deliver 2,500m2 of new floor-space and enable the use of the Congress Theatre and Winter Garden for exhibition and conference use. It will support some 84 additional Full-time Equivalent (FTE) jobs in the local economy, either at Devonshire Park or within the wider visitor economy.

East Sussex Strategic Growth Project

The delivery of new commercial employment developments at three locations in East Sussex. The programme will enable the development of 34,632 sq m of additional business floorspace in East Sussex.

Purfleet Centre

Redevelopment of a 140 acre site to provide a new town centre for Purfleet featuring. Linked to investment in new film, TV, media studio development.

Rochester Airport - phase 2

Onsite infrastructure to enable private development to come forward – site within an Enterprise Zone

Rochester Airport - phase 1

Introduction of a Technology Park at Rochester Airport. Phase 1 of the project involves improvements to airport infrastructure and removal of the second runway.  Works required to facilitate the development of the Technology Park.

The initial requirement is for Phase 1 funding for airport improvement works, which will release land in Medway Council’s ownership for development and is therefore a matched contribution from the council.

This will require an additional funding intervention to provide enabling infrastructure for Phases 2 and 3, which represents the principal land development opportunity allowing for significant employment creation. This will lead to large productivity gains in Medway, supported through concerted inward investment activity to promote Rochester Airport Technology Park as a prime business location.

Without intervention, the land is likely to be used for limited commercial uses, creating fewer job numbers and lower value employment and skills development opportunities. Development risks would not be minimised, and the monetary value capture of the land would be significantly reduced.

The potential to also work closely with Medway’s universities, and to maximise the skills development value at the site, would also be missed if lower value development uses prevailed. This would not contribute to the Government’s plans for higher nationwide productivity.

The opportunity

The airport site is the largest, centrally located land holding in the area, can help to meet a significant element of this demand. Rochester Airport, which is owned by Medway Council, is located two miles south of Rochester, bounded by the A229 Maidstone Road to the east and Rochester Road (B2097) to the west. It is one mile from Junction 3 of the M2 and 3.5 miles from Junction 6 of the M20, offering excellent connectivity west to the M25 and London, and east to the Channel ports. The site currently consists of two grass runways and ageing airport infrastructure, with operational buildings and some businesses ancillary to aviation.

This additional employment space will contribute to serving the current and future demand for workspace in the area as outlined below. By providing this much needed space, the Medway area will be able to retain a higher number of graduates from local universities and as well as its current workforce. The area currently experiences a ‘brain drain’ of skilled people. Anecdotal evidence suggests there is a strong connection between local businesses with the local workforce. By providing additional workspace, Medway will retain both local businesses and the workforce in the area and limit movement from both sides.

Phase 1 improvements include:

Provide a hard-paved runway with taxi way and drainage, a grass airstrip parallel to the hard-paved runway, provision of other ancillary runway equipment and repair to the paved apron;

     
  • Provision of replacement runway lighting and relocation of existing helipads
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  • Refurbish and upgrade two existing aircraft hangars including laying a new three phase electricity cable from site entrance (2 outputs)
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  • Provide two new hangars (2 outputs – 1 new hangar is not being delivered)
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  • MAPS hangar with visitor facilities
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  • Provide new control tower and management hub building
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  • Provide new car parking and access roads

Sandwich Rail Infrastructure

The proposed infrastructure investments at Sandwich Railway Station under the project include platform extensions and a second over-footbridge. These improvements will enable longer trains to stop at Sandwich Railway Station to enable Sandwich to host the Open 2020 event.

Coastal Communities Housing Intervention (Thanet)

Margate has suffered along with other coastal towns from reduced tourism. The collapse of the domestic tourist trade was followed by the wholesale conversion of many properties into privately rented flats and houses in multiple occupation.

LGF funding will be used to continue the programme of converting empty or problem properties to family accommodation, creating 12 additional homes.

Folkestone Seafront (non-transport)

Project for the redevelopment of Folkestone’s harbour and seafront, to provide a comprehensive mixed use development comprising of 746 dwellings (C3), up to 5,000 square metres of commercial floorspace including A1, A3, A4, A5, B1, D1 and D2 uses as well as sea sports and beach sports facilities. Improvements to the beaches, pedestrian and cycle routes and accessibility into, within and out of the seafront and harbour, together with associated parking are also included in the plans.

Dover Western Dock Revival

The A20 Improvements project is to remodel two roundabouts (Prince of Wales and York Street) located on the A20 adjacent to the Western Docks in Dover to reconfigure into two traffic signal controlled junctions. These will promote free flowing traffic along the A20 in order to support major housing growth and town centre regeneration (Dover Town Investment Zone) in Dover as well as enable traffic movements in and out of the Western Docks.

Middle Deal transport improvements

The proposed development comprises the construction of up to 145 residential units, 370sqm of A1 retail floorspace, 480 sqm of B1 office floorspace and a 286 sqm D1 children’s nursery.

A new link road between Albert Road and Southwall Road forming a spine road for the development and the existing Minters Yard commercial area will be constructed.

Chelmsford Flood Alleviation Scheme

Project led by the Environment Agency to help mitigate flood risk in Chelmsford.

Chelmsford City Growth Area Scheme

A sustainable transport package with highways improvements to key junctions and route corridors, together with a major focus on improvements to passenger transport and cycling provision, such as bus priority measures, cycling links / corridors, plus upgrades to city wide communications and control equipment to enable dynamic traffic management.

Sovereign Harbour (aka Site Infrastructure Investment

The project is to develop the site infrastructure on three sites, all benefitting from outline planning consents, at Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne; North East Bexhill and North Queensway St Leonards, to enable these sites to connect to general infrastructure. This is key to providing continued development of these sites and delivering much needed commercial premises.£1.7m

Swallow Business Park, Hailsham (A22/A27 Growth Corridor)

The project involves the provision of enabling infrastructure, including the completion of the site access road from the A22 and utilities services and associated works supply, to unlock the development of Swallow Business Park on a 3.4 hectare greenfield site to facilitate new employment floorspace.

A13 Widening

The A13 corridor in Thurrock links the nationally significant port infrastructure of Tilbury and London Gateway with the M25 and London.  The A13 currently experiences congestion between the A128 and A1014 during peak hours.

The scheme is to widen the A13 from 2 to 3 lanes between the A1089 (Tilbury) and A1014 (Stanford le Hope) to increase highway capacity on the A13, in order to reduce congestion and remove constraints to development, so unlocking the full potential of the corridor to deliver jobs and housing.

London Gateway/Stanford le Hope

An integrated transport package for improving access to the London Gateway from Stanford-le- Hope and reconstruction of the A1014.

The project scope will consist of a new multi-modal interchange and station buildings.

Thurrock Cycle Network

A network of cycle routes to bring about increased cycling levels across the Borough. The routes are targeted towards improving access to employment, growth hubs, areas of regeneration and providing sustainable alternatives in already congested corridors. The project will deliver a package of cycling and walking focussed at addressing barriers such as crossing facilities and missing routes to important destinations, such as rail stations.

Southend Central Area Action Plan (SCAAP) - Transport Package

Phase 1: Junction improvement works at Victoria Avenue, improvements to public realm and cycling infrastructure. 

Phase 2: layout & public realm improvements to A13, between Queensway and College Way roundabout.

A127 Essential Bridge and Highway Maintenance - Southend

The A127 has been identified as a key corridor for growth and further improvements to the A127 are needed at A127/A1015 Kent Elms and The Bell Junctions, as well as A127 Essential Bridge and Maintenance improvements as an integral part of the access improvements supporting the delivery of Business Park employment in areas adjacent to LSA, and provision of new housing in Rochford.

The A127 links London with Basildon and Southend and Rochford. In Basildon, the A127 corridor is home to one of the largest single concentrations of advanced manufacturing companies in the South of England. It makes substantial contributions to the prosperity of the SELEP area and offers considerable growth prospects. London Southend Airport, now with scheduled air services to Europe and hub airports for onward global travel, and planned business parks, will prove attractive to a wide range of global companies and offers capacity for at least 4,200 additional jobs up to 2021 and a further 3,180 post 2021. Southend and Rochford have agreed the Joint Area Action Plan (JAAP) to unlock these opportunities and the Council has appointed Henry Boot as their development partner.

To enable growth in Thames Gateway South Essex the A127 requires substantial improvement and a higher level of maintenance. The ‘A127 Corridor for Growth Economic Plan’, approved by Cabinet, sets out the rationale and supporting evidence in detail. The A127 Corridor for Growth package is a partnership project between Essex County Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. The Southend element includes A127 Kent Elms and A127 The Bell junction improvements, and A127 Essential Bridge and Highway Maintenance package.

A127 The Bell

A127 Road junction improvements at the Bell interchange.

A127 Kent Elms Corner

A127 Road junction improvements at Kent Elms Corner, including: installation of a new lane on both inbound and outbound carriageways, replacing the footbridge and re-landscaping the surrounding area.

TGSE LSTF - Southend

A project that enhances and improves public transport provision around Southend, including: real time information bus signs and new bus stop infrastructure including shelters.

Southend Growth Point

The project will deliver new heating and improved ventilation to the former central library (home to the Beecroft Art Gallery and The Hive Enterprise Centre) and the Central Museum using a Biomass boiler, solar PV and new lifts within the Gallery and Enterprise Centre ensuring their sustainability for the long term.

The former central library and museum are co-located on Victoria Avenue adjacent to Southend Victoria train station. The former central library benefitted from investment by the Council and through Southend’s City Deal in 2013-14 totalling £1.2m. The museum is also home to the planetarium and is a key feature of Southend’s cultural offer to residents and visitors.

Medway City Estate Connectivity Improvement Measures

This scheme delivers commuter link improvements to the Medway City Estate (MCE), the central commercial and industrial area of the Medway Towns, resulting in shorter commuter times for the 5,000 people (approximately) who work on the estate and instigating greener, more efficient modes of transport to the estate. 

The benefits of this scheme are expected to include:  reduced congestion on the estate, increased numbers of pedestrians and cyclists due to the improved environment, improved access to Chatham town centre and increased use of public transport.

Medway Cycling Action Plan

This scheme delivers a range of measures designed to improve access to cycling in Medway. The scheme aims to increase overall cycle trips and achieve the accompanying benefits of an increased cycling populace of improved network performance and contributing to tackling wider health and environmental issues such as obesity and climate change. 

The package of measures will:  expand and improve Medway’s cycling network, deliver training and participation in cycling, improve partnership working with local groups, deliver cycling information and promotional material and maintain and develop travel plans.

Chatham Town Centre Place-making and Public Realm Package

This scheme delivers public realm and accessibility improvements on an important gateway into a regional business centre.  The scheme improves the links between Chatham railway station and Chatham town centre and waterfront area, resulting in improved access from the station to large areas of employment, retail and education in the town centre and beyond, particularly for people with mobility difficulties. 

The project will include: gateway improvements at Chatham station, improved walking and cycling facilities, improvements to hard and soft landscaping along the corridor from the train station to the town including the creation of a civic square, traffic management measures near Chatham station, signage and way-marking improvements and public art installations.

Medway Cycling Action Plan

This project aims to provide improvements to facilitate regeneration and growth in Strood town centre. A number of measures are proposed to achieve these objectives, including town centre traffic management improvements, pedestrian and cyclist accessibility improvements, public realm improvements, improving retail offer and unlocking development sites/sustainable access to businesses.  Money will also be contributed towards a new ticket office and building at the train station.

A289 Four Elms Roundabout to Medway Tunnel Journey time and Network Improvements

The aim of the scheme is to ensure a highway network between the M2 J1 and the Medway Tunnel which can deliver the desired housing growth and to alleviate current delays exiting Medway City Estate. 

The scheme involves improvements to the three roundabouts (Four Elms, Sans Pareil and Anthonys Way roundabouts) on the A289 corridor between Four Elms roundabout and the Medway Tunnel. 

The overall objective is to provide a highway network which is able to support the regeneration on the Hoo Peninsula and the Isle of Grain.

A226 London Road/B255 St Clements Way

Project to improve the capacity of the junction of the A226 London Road and B255 St Clements Way to the north of Bluewater Shopping Centre in the Borough of Dartford. The proposed scheme is located at the junction of the A226 London Road and B255 St Clements Way to the north of Bluewater Shopping Centre in the Borough of Dartford. Greenhithe railway station and bus interchange is located to the north of the site, accessed from the A206 Crossways Boulevard/ Station Road roundabout.

Location

The A226 London Road/ B255 St Clements Way junction is located to the west of Greenhithe in the Borough of Dartford and is a standard 4 arm roundabout. The A226 London Road connects Northfleet to the east and the M25 and Dartford to the west.

Scheme Description

The preferred scheme option involves replacing the existing 4 arm standard roundabout with an oversized oval roundabout.

The A206 northbound arm will increase the existing two exit lanes to three exit lanes, with the offside lane being a bus only lane. This additional bus lane will continue northwards all the way to the A206 Crossways Boulevard/ Station Road roundabout.

Here, buses will be able to turn right into Greenhithe railway station bus interchange. In addition to the northbound bus lane, a southbound bus lane will be provided on the A206 north of the St Clements Way junction. The bus lanes here will complement the existing bus lanes on the B255 St Clements Way south of the junction to its junction with Bluewater Parkway.

The shared cycle/footway between Greenhithe station and London Road East will be maintained and improved with an enhanced crossing at Riverview Road.

A further improvement will be the link from this crossing heading to the London Road western arm. As part of the wider cycling strategy the route from St Clements Way to
Bluewater will be improved.

Maidstone Sustainable Access to Employment

This scheme will deliver significant improvements to cycle commuter links in the Maidstone area. This includes the construction of an entirely new pathway along the River Medway between Aylesford Village and Allington Lock, complemented by improvements to the existing pathways along the River Medway to the north and south of Maidstone.

A28 Sturry Rd Integrated Transport Package

The Sturry Road Integrated Transport Package (SRITP) will provide an additional inbound section of bus lane on the A28 approaching Canterbury City Centre. The introduction of the additional bus lane is intended to enhance the service provided by the existing public transport network and in particular the Sturry Road Park and Ride site.

The additional lane will supplement the existing inbound bus lane, extending the length of bus lane by a further 0.7km on the A28 corridor which has high traffic occupancy of the available capacity, restricted space for buses at the outer end and significant peak congestion for all road users.

Rathmore Road

KCC intends to re-locate the southern section of Gravesend town centre ring road, on to the A226 Rathmore Road. The aim is to ease traffic circulation, to improve public realm and to contribute to the successful introduction of sustainable access opportunities, to the town, Gravesend railway station and between the station and a proposed Barrack Row bus interchange, multi-storey car park and the town centre, across Clive Road/Barrack Row. This will be achieved by displacing ring road traffic further to the south of the rail station.

A28 Sturry Link Road

At present there are approximately 18,000 vehicles per day (vpd) using the level crossing at Sturry. This is the combination of traffic from Herne Bay via the A291 and Thanet via the A28 joining and heading towards Canterbury City Centre.

The link road is designed to remove the need for mainline traffic on the A28 (from Thanet district) and the A291/A28 (from Herne Bay, a satellite town of Canterbury) to cross the level crossing at Sturry, by means of an alternative bridge.

Maidstone Integrated Transport

The junctions at each end of Willington Street are considered to represent significant ‘pinch points’ along the A20 and A274 corridors, inhibiting traffic movement to the east and south of the town.

The scope of the scheme is to improve the existing signalised junctions of Willington Street with the A20 and with the A274 in order to maximise efficiency of the network and reduce queueing and delays. The A274 / Willington Street junction also encompasses the adjacent signalised junction of Wallis Avenue with the A274.

A28 Chart Road

The scheme will see a dualling of the A28 Chart Road carriageway in both directions between Matalan (Brookfield Road) and Tank (Templer Way) roundabouts, separated by a central island. The existing carriageway between Matalan and Tank is single carriageway with limited capacity.

Folkestone Seafront: onsite infrastructure and engineering works

The redevelopment of Folkestone’s harbour and seafront, to provide a comprehensive mixed use development comprising of 746 dwellings (C3), up to 5,000 square metres of commercial floorspace including A1, A3, A4, A5, B1, D1 and D2 uses as well as sea sports and beach sports facilities. Improvements to the beaches, pedestrian and cycle routes and accessibility into, within and out of the seafront and harbour, together with associated parking are also included in the plans.

West Kent LSTF

West Kent: Tackling Congestion is a package of measures that will address the growing connectivity problems caused in West Kent by traffic congestion and a lack of capacity in the strategic road and rail networks, which is damaging business confidence and the competitive advantage that West Kent businesses have traditionally enjoyed.

It will focus in particular on addressing the peak hour congestion caused by the school run and journeys to work by increasing the attractiveness of making door to door journeys by sustainable modes. Infrastructure improvements will be delivered at stations, town centres and key interchange points to facilitate multi-modal journeys using public transport, walking and cycling.

Kent Sustainable Interventions Programme

The investment is designed to fund smaller transport interventions which complement larger major schemes, regeneration projects and the broader growth agenda.

The KCC complementary schemes are identified on an annual basis and will vary from year-to-year. Many are ‘sustainable transport’ schemes, including walking, cycling and public transport initiatives. However, small-scale public realm or minor highway schemes may also be brought forward under this programme.

Kent Rights of Way improvement plan

The scheme involves upgrading of footpaths and quiet roads to create a Loose Valley “Greenway”. This provides a shared use pedestrian/cycle route between the Loose Valley and Maidstone Town Centre, serving locations such as schools along the route.

The scheme will reduce the revenue costs of maintaining the existing rights of way network in the area. By shifting some trips away from car, the scheme will help address transport congestion in the Loose area and in turn help unlock housing sites which otherwise may be unviable because of the additional traffic likely to be generated.

Kent Strategic Congestion Management programme

UK government identified in its Road Investment Strategy in December 2014 a desire to introduce a Connected Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) corridor as a scheme showcasing the possibilities for technology to provide safety improvements and capacity increases on the busiest sections of the trunk road and motorway network.

A pilot corridor from London to Dover was identified for a trial of C-ITS, starting on the A102 at the Blackwall Tunnel in London and continuing via the A2 and M2 to the Port of Dover.

Maidstone Gyratory Bypass

The proposal is a localised transport scheme which is located within an urban setting in Maidstone town centre.

The proposed scheme consists of the provision of a direct northbound link on the A229 to the north of the river which has been designed to remove the need for the northbound traffic to circulate the gyratory.

Kent Thameside LSTF

A package of measures to reduce congestion and improve accessibility through the delivery of a fully integrated sustainable transport network, allowing the user to transfer seamlessly between modes and making sustainable transport a real alternative to the private car.

Tunbridge Wells Jct Improvement Package and A26 Cycle Improvements (formerly - A26 London Rd/ Speldhurst Rd/ Yew Tree Rd, Tun Wells)

The A26 Cycle Route scheme will deliver significant improvements to cycle infrastructure along the length of the A26 between Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells and Brook Street, Tonbridge, a distance of 6.1km (3.8mls).

3 The route will link with other proposed cycle routes for the A21 and outlined in the Tunbridge Wells Borough Cycling Strategy, 2016 and the Tonbridge & Malling Cycle Strategy, 2014 to 2019. Together, these routes will form a substantial, joined up and complimentary cycle network.

M20 Junction 4 Eastern Overbridge

The scheme will enhance connectivity between West Kent and Medway and will fully mitigate the significant committed and planned housing and commercial development in the area. The scheme will specifically facilitate the delivery of 3,729 dwellings and 104,000 square metres of commercial development in Medway and West Kent.

The scheme involves widening the Eastern Overbridge of the grade separated gyratory junction of the M20 and the A228 from two to three lanes. The works involve extending the existing bridge abutments, new beams across the M20 to support the widened carriageway and ‘stitching’ the new and existing decks together.

Sittingbourne Town Centre Regeneration

To support the regeneration of Sittingbourne town centre through the delivery of an integrated transport interchange and improvements to the public realm in the vicinity of Sittingbourne railway station.

Improvements to the road network, realignment of St Michael’s Road and an integrated transport interchange in front of Sittingbourne station to allow a safer pedestrian experience in the town centre. The whole regeneration project includes for a multiplex cinema, in excess of 200 residential units, small and big box retail units, restaurants, a public square, new Civic Offices with library and Gateway, health centre, general offices and a multistory car park generating nearly 800 new jobs in the first phase alone.

Tonbridge Town Centre Regeneration

The proposed scheme is located at the lower end of the High Street in Tonbridge town centre. The proposed scheme predominately consists of the widening of existing footways and narrowing of the existing carriageway through the lower High Street of Tonbridge,between the Big Bridge to the north and the rail station to the south. The proposed scheme aims to provide a more attractive environment for pedestrians by creating more space for pedestrian movement, providing street furniture and opportunities for public events.

Kent and Medway Growth Hub

The Kent and Medway Growth Hub (Capital) project will fund the establishment of an Innovation Investment Initiative (i3). This will be a recyclable fund offering loan and equity finance to small businesses with the appetite and potential for long-term growth. i3 will invest in projects which enable businesses to create and adopt innovative products, processes and services, improve productivity and deliver sustainable employment over the long term.

Coastal Communities Housing Intervention (Jaywick)

The strategic housing intervention in Tendring focuses on three areas; Grasslands, Brooklands and lower Jaywick village, which are collectively referred to as ‘Jaywick’.

The Project’s Business Case sets out the strategic case for housing interventions to be delivered Jaywick to tackle the issue of poor quality
housing.

LGF investment will support the redevelopment of the Tendering Mermaids site in the heart of Jaywick, to deliver 38 new affordable homes. Some of the new homes are likely to be used to accommodate key workers.

Beaulieu Park Railway Station

The delivery of a new railway station to support the delivery of 3,600 new homes in North East Chelmsford. The vision is for Beaulieu Station to be a new transport hub where passengers can complete journeys using sustainable modes of transport, and the proposals also include a bus interchange and substantial cycle parking.

A131 Braintree to Sudbury

A transport package with safety and highways improvements to key junctions along the A131 corridor, together with enhancements to cycling and pedestrian crossing provision.

The purpose of this bid is to deliver a package of schemes to improve safety and reduce delays along the A131 corridor from Braintree to the Suffolk border, just south of Sudbury.

The A131 is the primary route from Braintree, through Halstead, to Sudbury as shown in Figure 1 below. The route covers 13.5 miles (21.6 km), along which there is one roundabout, three mini roundabouts, a signalised junction, two zebra crossings and one signalised pedestrian crossing.

Braintree is undergoing significant growth and there is the potential for exponential growth with the adoption of a new garden community to the west of Braintree. The A131, leaving the north of Braintree, also provides an essential commercial link, via the A1017, on to the A14 and the M11.

Similarly, there are significant growth plans for Sudbury, which, together with developments in Halstead (the main town) halfway between the two destinations, will put increased pressure on the capacity and performance of this corridor.

List of options:

       
  • Marks Farm – widening of all four entry flares, introduction of a left turn slip from the A120 heading south and general improvements to the roundabout.
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  • Broad Road – improving entry flare from Broad Road and realignment to improve traffic flow.
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  • High Garrett junction with A1017 – major improvements to layout, changes to signals, relocated and improved crossings and pedestrian facilities
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  • Plaistow Green and Bulmer Tye – safety improvements, including improved signage and non-slip surfacing.

A133 Colchester to Clacton

The A133 is the key route providing access from Colchester to the seaside resort of Clacton–on–Sea and allowing access from the district of Tendring into Colchester.

The purpose of this project to deliver a package of schemes to provide highways capacity, cycling and safety improvements for the Colchester to Clacton corridor.

National Planning Guidance states that plans should maximize opportunities to accommodate the efficient delivery of goods and supplies, give priority to pedestrian and cycle movements wherever possible and minimise conflicts between traffic and cyclists or pedestrians. This route based strategy aims to do just that.

The following improvements were identified from a Route Based Strategy (RBS) study:

  • Bromley Road Improvements – Widen to two lane approach from Colchester, introduce new Puffin crossing and modify junction layout
  • Safety Improvements – Implement variety of safety improvements between Frating roundabout and Progress Way, Little Clacton including actions to reduce potential collisions
  • Frating Roundabout – Introduce left-turn slip from A133 (A120 Spur) to A133 E and modify roundabout and approached to accommodate this slip
  • Frating Roundabout – Introduce left-turn slip from A133 E to A133 W
  • Weeley Roundabout – Junction and signage improvements
  • Signage – Various improvements along the route
  • Cycling – Improve cycle paths along the A133 (Salary Brook). In particular, the section from Greenstead Roundabout, up Clingoe Hill that provides links and access to the University of Essex and the B1441 which runs alongside the A133 from Weeley to Progress Way, Little Clacton

A414 Harlow to Chelmsford

To deliver a package of schemes to provide highways capacity, passenger transport and safety improvements for the Chelmsford to Harlow corridor.

The following top five priority improvements were identified; Widford Roundabout – extend and formalise 2 lane approach and departure, Four Wantz Roundabout – Resize roundabout and improve lane designation, Signalise Four Wantz Roundabout, Ban right turn into Hastingwood Road, Public Transport – Liaise with bus operators to increase frequency of services.

A131 Chelmsford to Braintree

To deliver a package of schemes to provide highways capacity, passenger transport and safety improvements for the Chelmsford to Braintree corridor.

Colchester Park and Ride and Bus Priority measures

Essex County Council has been awarded LTB funding for the Colchester Park & Ride & Bus Priority Measures scheme through the July 2014 announcement of LGF awards.

This scheme is a key part of the North Colchester Growth Area package of transport measures and will unlock capacity between a key growth area in the North of Colchester and Colchester Station and town centre to enable sustainable growth in housing and employment within the town. It will enable increased access to Colchester from a wide catchment area through the creation of a high quality public transport corridor. This corridor leads directly to the heart of the town which will help to confirm Colchester’s status as a key regional economic centre.

The scheme will provide:

     
  • a 1,000 space Park & Ride (P&R) facility adjacent to A12 J28
  • a dedicated bus priority lane added to the existing capacity under the North Station rail bridge to ensure bus services are reliable offer an attractive service
  • signal improvements along the Northern Approach corridor to improve P&R bus journey times
  • provision of high quality, dedicated and liveried P&R bus stop infrastructure
  • additional signage to promote access to the P&R site

 

 

 

Basildon Integrated Transport Package

Basildon Integrated Transport Package (ITP) - Tranche 1
To provide an integrated package of traffic management and sustainable travel infrastructure improvements in and around the Basildon Borough area.

Basildon Integrated Transport Package (ITP) - Tranche 2
Sustainable Transport Improvements – Rail Access, Bus Station Access, New Bus Link, Improved Cycling & Walking connections plus network improvements.

Chelmsford Station / Station Square / Mill Yard

A package of improvements at the rail and bus gateway to Chelmsford and is aimed at encouraging increased use of sustainable transport to facilitate housing and economic development in the city centre, while reducing congestion and associated carbon emissions.

A414 Maldon to Chelmsford RBS

The A414 is the primary and key strategic route serving transport movements between Maldon and Chelmsford.  Currently, traffic congestion and poor journey time reliability is experienced along the corridor with over 15,000 vehicles using the route each day. 

The package of works consists primarily of four junction improvement schemes, along with additional maintenance and safety enhancements.

A414 Pinch Point Package: A414 First Avenue & Cambridge Rd junction

This package aims to alleviate congestion along the A414 within Harlow, with particular attention to a key section through north-eastern Harlow, which suffers from the most significant traffic flows and is in close proximity to the two Enterprise Zone sites. This package of improvements will address three further junctions of the A414 and the ones that suffer the worst congestion.

TGSE LSTF - Essex

The purpose of this project is to improve and integrate existing passenger transport networks, supporting infrastructure and systems to create opportunities for seamless sustainable travel across South Essex, including the unitary areas of Southend and Thurrock.  Also, this will unlock additional transport capacity, which would otherwise prevent economic growth and development.  This will be an initiative based on the Government’s ‘Door to Door’ strategy and supplemented / enhanced by a South Essex (SE) wide Local Sustainable Transport Fund approach.

Colchester Town Centre

This package of schemes will deliver initiatives to encourage and make the most of sustainable public transport, cycling and walking transport modes in Colchester, aimed particularly at corridors from the western and eastern side of the town through to the town centre, and at improvements within the town centre.

The objectives of this scheme are:

  • To reduce congestion at key points on the network
  • To make best use of existing public transport services
  • To promote, encourage and support sustainable journeys along the corridors
  • To improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions
  • To promote healthy and active lifestyles
  • To support housing and job growth.

Brief description

This package of schemes for Colchester Town Centre and its approaches, focuses on traffic and congestion reduction, bus priority and traffic management measures, to improve the economic vitality of the town centre, while delivering operational improvements across the wider town centre area.

Brook Street Roundabout

This scheme consists of replacing the existing mini-roundabout with a signalised junction. This will involve minor changes to the geometry of the junction in order to introduce traffic signals equipment. (The scheme was originally identified within the Ipswich Road S106 project.) Prior modelling has demonstrated that this will improve traffic flow and queue lengths in this area.

Town Centre Pedestrian Links & Bus Service Priority Improvements

Improved pedestrian facilities are to be introduced between the bus stop for the new Park & Ride service in the High Street and the town centre in order to provide a better welcome to the main shopping environment. This will include lighting, streetscape and accessibility improvements to Bank Passage, Pelhams Lane and St Nicholas passage, as well as improved route signage. Removal of pinch points associated with bus stops and taxi ranks, reviews of parking and loading and rationalisation of bus stops to improve movement around the town centre for bus services.

Lexden Road Bus Lane

This requires carriageway widening in order to introduce a new eastbound bus lane along Lexden Road / Southway between the junction with Glen Avenue / Lexden Road and the Maldon Road roundabout. It also consists of the provision of bus priority signals on Southway at the eastbound approach to the Maldon Road roundabout. (The scheme was originally identified within the West Colchester and Stanway Travel Strategy document.) As this lane is in addition to the current two-way flow, bus journey times will be improved without adversely affecting car users. This improvement should aid bus patronage.

Stanway Cycle Package

The scheme consists of a scalable package of cycle improvements which have been identified, within the West Colchester and Stanway Travel Strategy document, as part of a wider network of improvements in the Stanway / Lexden area. The cycle improvements will offer either segregated or on-road lane designated cycle facilities which will cater for cyclists that are not normally confident alongside general traffic.

Town Centre Signal Improvements:

Queen Street - Modifications to traffic signals on High Street to improve access to East Hill.

St Botolph’s Street - Removal of the pedestrian crossing over the right turn from St Botolph’s Street to assist buses. Relocation of the signal controlled crossing over St Botolph’s Street away from the priority junction.

St John’s Street/Head Gate - Replacement of obsolescent traffic signal equipment and ducts and the introduction of a dedicated cycle phase within the traffic signals. Traffic signal improvements to incorporate a change in operation to reduce lost time, thereby increasing efficiency of operation.

Colchester Integrated Transport Package

Major growth and strategic development is underway in Colchester. This growth places strain on the existing transport network and requires coordinated integrated transport approach to address the town’s needs. 

The schemes associated with the Colchester Integrated Transport Package (ITP) focus on traffic and congestion reduction, traffic management measures, and replacement of highway infrastructure, to improve the economic vitality of the town centre while delivering operational improvements across the wider town centre area.

Colchester LSTF

The purpose of the Colchester LSTF (Local Sustainable Transport Fund) package of measures is to significantly upgrade sustainable travel infrastructure and improve the connectivity of key attractors in the North Colchester growth area.

A key aim is also to ensure that the cycle culture developed through the Colchester Cycling Town project continues to gain momentum and influence travel behaviour for local trips within Colchester.

The objectives of this scheme are:

  • To Support housing and job growth
  • Promotion of cycling, which will help to alleviate traffic congestion in North Colchester
  • To improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions

The package will provide improved pedestrian and cycling facilities on Mile End Road which is a key connector for pedestrians travelling to/from the North Growth Area Urban Extension, which will provide 2,200 homes together with community facilities.

The improved facilities will connect new housing with the town centre and Colchester Station, which connects Colchester to London, Ipswich, and the City of Chelmsford.

The cycleway improvements included in the package were originally identified within the North Colchester Travel Strategy document, which reviewed a number of key factors, such as developments, leisure and work attractors, and modelled congestion for junctions once future developments were in place.

Colchester Broadband Infrastructure

The Project will deliver Next Generation Access (NGA) fixed wireless broadband (24 Mbps and above, scaling to 1 Gigabyte) to seven key business parks/clusters within Colchester accommodating 482 businesses and 8,196 employees.

£200,000 from the Local Growth Fund has been allocated to deliver a project addressing “market failures” in the delivery of superfast broadband (24 Mbps and above) at a competitive price to business park occupiers. CBC aims to commence the Project in Q2, 2015.

The Project addresses business needs for reliable, high speed and symmetric broadband connectivity which is not available currently from BT’s FTTC programme (branded as “Superfast Essex” in Greater Essex) and which will be more competitive than other operators in the market, so reducing business overhead costs for uncontended higher bandwidth services required by current and emerging enterprise needs and for telephony services. In short, the Project will deliver a “business class” broadband offering - resilient broadband speeds, enhanced coverage - and introduce a competitive technology into an otherwise fixed line-dominated and over-priced marketplace.

A22/A27 junction improvement package

Improvements to the A22/A27 north of Polegate, along with the Sustainable Transport Corridor, required to support housing and employment growth in the Eastbourne & South Wealden area.

Eastbourne town centre LSTF access & improvement package

A complementary package of integrated sustainable transport measures, which will improve public realm and will provide a gateway to the town centre corridor of Terminus Road.

North Bexhill Access Road

The North Bexhill Access Road (NBAR) will run from a roundabout on the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road (BHLR) to the A269 north of Sidley. The road serves a strategic purpose in linking Bexhill in the west and the A21 to the east of the designated Growth Corridor. By relieving congestion on the A269 and improving traffic flows onto the BHLR, the NBAR plays a key role in managing the distribution of existing traffic flows and new traffic generation from proposed employment and housing developments in North Bexhill.

Queensway Gateway Road

Queensway Gateway Road provides a new road between Queensway and A21 in north Hastings. A single carriageway road link between the A21 Sedlescombe Road North and Queensway the road will connect with Queensway running south of its junction with the Ridge West, crossing the Hollington Stream valley on an embankment and then running south of Whitworth Road to join the A21 at a new junction north of the existing Sainsbury’s store.

Eastbourne and South Wealden Walking and Cycling LSTF package

Package of walking and cycling schemes identified in Eastbourne and Wealden Cycle Strategies to support housing and employment growth in these areas

Hailsham/Polegate/Eastbourne Movement and Access Transport scheme

Sustainable Transport Corridor between Hailsham, Polegate and Eastbourne, part of strategic transport improvements identified to support planned housing and employment growth within the current Wealden and Eastbourne Local Plans.

Package of measures includes improvements for buses to/from Hailsham accessing Polegate Station, the DGH/Sussex Downs College and Eastbourne Town Centre, as well as walking and cycling improvements along the corridor for more local journeys.

Newhaven Flood Defences

Environment Agency led scheme to reduce flood risk in Newhaven and recognise the wider benefits this will bring in encouraging regeneration in the town.