People are being asked whether they agree with Kent County Council’s priorities for the future of transport in the county.
A public consultation of the Local Transport Plan launches today (Monday) and runs until October 30.
The plan is broken down into five main sections:
- Transport in Kent – sets out KCC’s achievements so far, anticipated growth in the county and the background to transport issues.
- Strategic priorities – sets out KCC’s priorities which include A2 Bean and A2 Ebbsfleet junction upgrades and Crossrail extension, a new Lower Thames Crossing, splitting Dover port traffic between the M20/A20 and M2/A2 routes as well as expansion of the port, journey time improvements in Thanet and a parkway rail station, Ashford International Station signalling, and general rail and bus improvements.
- Kent-wide priorities – sets out KCC’s approach to road safety, highway maintenance, home to school transport, and its policy on aviation.
- District priorities – sets out district transport schemes that have been identified as necessary in each district.
- Funding Sources – sets out what funding sources are available and alternative funding strategies.
You can view the district priorities here (11.9MB file).
KCC Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport Matthew Balfour said: “This consultation is an opportunity for people and organisations within Kent to let us know their views and whether they agree with our priorities.
“This is one of our biggest plans and will shape the way we invest in our infrastructure up until 2031. The transport plan is vital to boost Kent’s economy and support a growing population which is expected to increase by 293,000 people in the next 15 years.
“With potential opportunities for devolution from government, now is the time for us to set out our plans and make clear what we want as a county.
“This plan will lay out what we will do to make sure transport is playing its part in making Kent a great place to live, work and do business.”
People can tell KCC what they think by filling in the consultation questionnaire and can read about their own district plans by visiting www.kent.gov.uk/localtransportplan
If you would like a printed copy, or the information in any other format or language, email email@example.com or call 03000 421553 (text relay service number: 18001 03000 421553).