Jobs and transport boost from £104M funding

Press Release:

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Key transport projects to boost new jobs and business across the county have been given the green light after receiving £104 million from the Government’s ‘Growth Deal’. The major cash-injection was won by the Kent & Medway Economic Partnership – the local arm of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), which brings together key leaders from business, local government, and further and higher education to boost economic growth across Kent, Medway, East Sussex, Essex, Thurrock and Southend.

The schemes include:

  • M20 Junction 10a , in Ashford – £19.70 million, to unlock around  11 ,000 jobs and facilitate growth throughout Ashford and East Kent
  • Thanet Parkway rail station – £10 million to reinforce the success of Discovery Park and support further investment
  • A28 Chart Road, Ashford – £10.20 million to open up access to housing development at Chilmington Green
  • Maidstone Gyratory Bypass – £4.56 million to a relief scheme to help overcome congestion and delays in the town centre
  • Sturry Link Road, in Canterbury – £5.90 million to help create 1,700 jobs in a new  commercial development and  over 4,000 new houses

Other schemes across the county include:

East Kent

  •  A28 Sturry Road integrated transport package, Canterbury £0.25 million
  • North Deal transport improvements £0.75 million

North Kent/Thames Gateway

  • A226 London Rd/ B255 St Clements Way, Dartford – £4.20 million
  • Rathmore Road link, Gravesend £4.1 million
  • Sittingbourne town centre regeneration £2.5 million
  • Kent Thameside Local Sustainable Transport Fund  – integrated door-to-door journeys £4.51 million 

West Kent

  • Tonbridge town centre regeneration £2.37 million
  • M20 Junction 4 Eastern overbridge, Larkfield  £2.19 million
  • Maidstone Integrated Transport – £8.90 million
  • A26 London Road/Speldhurst Road/Yew Tree Road junction improvements, Tunbridge Wells £1.75 million
  • Sustainable access to Maidstone employment areas (River Medway cycle path, East Farleigh – Aylesford) £2.0 million
  • West Kent local sustainable transport – tackling congestion £4.89 million

Countywide

  • Kent strategic congestion management programme across growth areas £4.8 million
  • Sustainable access to education & employment (delivering Kent’s right of way improvement plan) £0.9 million
  • Kent sustainable interventions programme for growth £3.0 million
  • Kent & Medway Growth Hub

Paul Carter, Leader of KCC and board member of SE LEP and the Kent & Medway Economic Partnership, said:

“This is good news that the government has announced transport schemes in Kent which will help support transport infrastructure across the county.

“As we come out of recession, housing growth will accelerate and commerce will increase. I am sure the LEP and the Kent and Medway board will be pleased with this announcement.”

Geoff Miles, Kent Vice Chair of SE LEP and Chairman of the Kent & Medway Economic Partnership, said:

“Today’s funding announcement heralds intensive investment in transport improvements for the south east – and a powerful new working relationship with the Government.

“In addition to major transport investment in Kent and Medway, the Government has also confirmed funding for a Kent & Medway Growth Hub, which will provide innovative support services to help local businesses to expand and prosper.”

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Note to Editors

Further details on schemes can be found at: http://www.southeastlep.com/our-local-growth-deal-and-strategic-economic-plan

 

Kent & Medway LGF allocations
Project LGF Stated match Scheme value
Transport  Connectivity
2015/16 start
Chatham Town Centre place making and public realm 4 2.9 6.9
Tonbridge Town Centre Regeneration 2.37 1.5 3.87
Sittingbourne Town Centre Regeneration 2.5 2 4.5
A289 Four Elms Rbt to Medway Tunnel JTI 11.1 7.5 18.6
M20 Junction 4 Eastern Overbridge 2.19 2.25 4.44
A26 London Rd/ Speldhurst Rd/ Yew Tree Rd, Tun Wells 1.75 0.25 2
Rathmore Road Link, Gravesend 4.1 3.9 8
Medway City Estate connectivity improvements 2 0 2
Kent Thameside LSTF 4.51 3.03 7.54
Strood Town Centre JTI & Accessibility 9 1 10
Maidstone Gyratory Bypass 4.56 1.14 5.7
Kent Strategic Congestion Management programme 4.8 0 4.8
North Deal transport improvements 0.75 0.75 1.5
Kent Rights of Way improvement plan 0.9 0.3 1.2
Kent Sustainable Interventions programme 3 0 3
A28 Sturry Road integrated transport package 0.25 0.25 0.5
Maidstone sustainable access to employment areas 2 1 3
West Kent LSTF 4.89 4.16 9.05
Medway Cycling Action Plan 2.5 0.5 3
Balance* 0.93 -2.53 -1.6
2015/16 start sub-total 68.1 29.9 98
2016/17 and later start
A28 Chart Road 10.2 9.3 19.5
Maidstone Integrated Transport 8.9 6.9 15.8
Sturry Link Road 5.9 22.7 28.6
Thanet Parkway 10 4 14
2016/17 and later start sub-total 35 42.9 77.9
LTB funding
M20 Junction 10a 19.7 16.2 35.9
A226 London Rd/ B255 St Clements Way 4.2 4.5 8.7
LTB funding sub-total 23.9 20.7 44.6
Total Transport Connectivity 127 93.5 220.5
Business Support & Productivity
Kent & Medway Growth Hub 6 3 9
Total Business Support & Productivity 6 3 9

Total all projects

133

96.5

229.5

(* Balance inserted to ensure that the sub-total equals the stated Government allocation)

For further information contact John Todd at Kent County Council Media Centre on 01622 694034 or e-mail john.todd@kent.gov.uk

 

 

 

Jobs and transport boost from £104M funding was last modified: July 8th, 2014 by Thom Morris