We are seeking to create a Garden City that is easy to get around using sustainable modes of transport such as walking, cycling and public transport. We see this as the best way to tackle congestion on the roads and encourage health and wellbeing. Notwithstanding this, additional development will still require capacity enhancements to the existing road network. Our approach to transport improvements is through creating opportunities for Active Travel, and investment in Public Transport and Strategic Highway Improvements. More detail on each of these is given below.
We are working with local authorities, landowners and developers to ensure that it will be easy to get around the Garden City on foot or by bicycle. We are developing a series of green corridors across the area with the first phases now being delivered in the Northfleet area. We are developing a walking and cycling strategy and a number of other studies to help inform our approach to walking and cycling around Ebbsfleet. We are also working with developers to prioritise active travel within the design and layout of new phases of development.
The Development Corporation will work with Kent County Council as the Highway Authority to support the upgrade of existing and installation of new Fastrack bus routes, using financial contributions obtained from delivery of new housing development. This includes a future route through Eastern Quarry to provide a direct link between Bluewater Shopping Centre and Ebbsfleet International Station. We are currently constructing a road bridge to connect Springhead Park to the Ebbsfleet Central area to improve connectivity and support enhanced public transport. The bridge is due to be open in early 2020.
Strategic Highway Improvements
The Development Corporation is working with Highways England to deliver junction upgrade works at the Bean and Ebbsfleet junctions of the A2; this will make sure that key infrastructure is delivered early on in development of the Garden City and will allow these junctions to handle more traffic flow. Highways England completed a public consultation around the proposals in early 2018 and further information can be found from the following link:highwaysengland.co.uk/projects/a2-bean-and-ebbsfleet-junction-improvements