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Gravesend’s new transport quarter to start in summer 2016

Construction of Gravesend’s new £9.5 million transport quarter is due to begin in summer 2016.

The work is set to transform the area around the town’s railway station and also includes plans to introduce a two-way Rathmore Road linking Wrotham Road and Darnley Road.

Kent County Council is due to announce who has won the contract for work in March 2016 with the aim that work can begin in June.

The £9.5 million cost of the works is being paid for by two grants - £4.2m Local Growth Funding and £5.3m Kent Thameside Strategic Transport Programme.

In order to create the new quarter a number of buildings will be demolished including the existing 225-space Rathmore Road car park, which will be replaced by a smaller car park of 64 spaces, a house on the corner of Darnley Road and an empty Indian restaurant.

A new footway ramp will be constructed for pedestrians from the car park to the link route, and improvement works to the south side of the railway station will provide a drop-off point, taxi rank and five disabled parking spaces.

In terms of road layout, Clive Road will remain open to provide access to the railway station car park and the Thamesgate shopping centre car park. However, traffic coming along Stone Street will no longer turn out on to Clive Road but on to Railway Place instead. Traffic lights will then be located in Clive Road and Stone Street to control traffic movement through the Clive Road/Stone Street/Railway Place junction.

It is predicted that construction work will take 18 months, meaning that the scheme will hopefully be completed around December 2017.
 

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