New Medway Bridge
New Medway Bridge
A new Medway crossing at Halling and Wouldham is due to open at the end of summer 2016 as part of a new regeneration project, which will also provide 1,000 new homes.
The project, called Peters Village community, is being developed Trenport Investment, who are long-standing members of Kent Developers Group. The new village will feature housing, shops, recreational facilities, a school and its own village centre on the site of the former Peters Lime and Cement Works. Completion is expected in 2022.
The new crossing will connect the development with the River Medway’s west bank and on to London. It will be the first time the two banks have been linked here since a military bridge was erected during World War Two and taken down again around 70 years ago.
At the same time, a second bridge is being built over the nearby north-south railway on the Medway’s west bank. This will enable the first river bridge to be joined by road with the A228 Halling roundabout. Both new bridges will include footways and cycleways. Completion of the second bridge is expected at around the same time of the first at the end of summer 2016.
Construction is also underway at Peters Village, with housebuilder Bellway onsite and further contractors to be announced soon.
Trenport director Chris Hall said that the site would offer “excellent employment and communications potential for residents and a high quality of life”, adding that the Medway crossing was key to its success.
“We’re particularly proud of the new bridge: it is not only an elegant structure, but has been built onsite rather than through pre-cast sections being trucked in, risking disruption on roads in the surrounding area.”
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