Consultation launched on new bus route along Sturry Road, Canterbury

A new bus lane along Sturry Road is going out to consultation by Kent County Council.

The £700,000 scheme is proposed to run between the Vauxhall roundabout and South Street.

It is funded from developer contributions, partly from grants from the Local Enterprise Partnership and the remainder from the Local Transport Plan Fund.

Developments in Sturry, Hersden, Herne Bay and beyond are projected to increase the number of people travelling to the city centre – with Sturry Road being their main route in.

The route does not take current traffic lanes away and KCC plans to widen the road where possible to provide additional space and will require removal of verges on one side of the road along with the trees.

New trees will be planted in the area to replace those removed.

Where there is no room to widen the road, KCC plans to remove the on-street parking, primarily in the area near the petrol station.

The two existing pelican crossings will be replaced with a puffin crossing near South Street and a Toucan crossing, which allows cycles to cross too, near Reed Avenue.

This will provide a smarter version of the crossing that has better vehicle and pedestrian detection and is more reactive to what is going on.

KCC cabinet member for transport Matthew Balfour said: “We want to make bus travel as quick and reliable as possible to encourage more people to use public transport – at least for the final leg of their journey into Canterbury.

“This section will fill in a missing link in the bus lane along Sturry Road and it is particularly important to avoid a bottleneck, particularly as a Sturry Link Road is proposed.

“Unfortunately, due to the amount of room along Sturry Road, there is no other way to fit a bus lane in, so the choice is whether we go ahead with it or not.

“I appreciate this scheme will not suit everyone so I would encourage as many people as possible – locals as well as those who use this route regularly, to take part.”

The results of the consultation will be reported to the Canterbury Joint Transportation Board in November who will consider whether the project should go ahead.

If it is approved, detailed designs will then be progressed with construction in early 2018.

You can visit www.kent.gov.uk/sturryroadbuslane to take part in the consultation.

Plans will be on display at the Canterbury City Council offices in Military Road and KCC officers will be available to discuss any queries on Tuesday, September 19 from 2pm to 4pm, Thursday, September 28 from 10am to noon and Wednesday, October 4 from noon to 3pm

Anyone with questions can email traffic.schemes@kent.gov.uk

The consultation closes on Sunday, October 22.

Consultation launched on new bus route along Sturry Road, Canterbury was last modified: September 13th, 2017 by Thom Morris