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.
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.
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 & utilities.
Improvements to flood defences to enable the bringing forward of a prime development site on the River Medway.
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.
Delivery of in the coast-bound direction to improve accessibility to residential and commercial sites, along with Canterbury town centre.
Provision of a new skills facility in Canterbury to support high value employment, growth and investment in Engineering and Technology.
Reconfiguration of a major junction on the Isle of Sheppey that will allow planned housing and employment developments to be delivered.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our criteria are that any solution should facilitate:
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.
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
Provision of a new link road that will provide significant relief to a major junction that is currently beset with congestion and delays.£
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Onsite infrastructure to enable private development to come forward – site within an Enterprise Zone
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Project led by the Environment Agency to help mitigate flood risk in Chelmsford.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Package of maintenance works for the A127 route from the borough boundary to the town centre
A127 Road junction improvements at the Bell interchange.
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.
A project that enhances and improves public transport provision around Southend, including: real time information bus signs and new bus stop infrastructure including shelters.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Highway improvements on the route between A131 Braintree to Sudbury.
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 scheme is to deliver a package of measures to provide highways capacity, cycling and safety improvements for the Colchester to Clacton corridor.
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.
To deliver a package of schemes to provide highways capacity, passenger transport and safety improvements for the Chelmsford to Braintree corridor.
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, as detailed within the Colchester LDF Core Strategy.
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 and 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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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.
To significantly upgrade sustainable travel infrastructure and improve the connectivity of key attractors in the North Colchester growth area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Package of walking and cycling schemes identified in Eastbourne and Wealden Cycle Strategies to support housing and employment growth in these areas
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.
Environment Agency led scheme to reduce flood risk in Newhaven and recognise the wider benefits this will bring in encouraging regeneration in the town.