Pepperhill set to reopen

Pepperhill household waste and recycling centre in Gravesend will reopen on Monday, August 13. Kent County Council closed the Station Road, Southfleet site following a fire on April 21. It broke out in the household waste bay in the waste transfer station. It remains unknown what caused the fire due to the quantity of waste…

KCC keen for traffic data ahead of Lower Thames Crossing

Kent County Council has received reassurance from Highways England that traffic modelling data expected last year will be available soon. Uncertainty over how Kent’s roads will cope with the new Lower Thames Crossing prompted KCC’s Cabinet Member for Transport Mike Whiting to write to government expressing his concerns. Mr Whiting said: “We believe the crossing…

£9.5 million road scheme officially opens

Work on a £9.5 million link road scheme in Gravesend has been officially opened by KCC Chairman David Brazier. The link road, running between Stone Street and Darnley Road, is two-way and has a pavement for both pedestrians and cyclists to easily reach the station. It crosses the old Rathmore Road car park which still…

School scoops £500 recycling award

A school in Gravesend has won a £500 prize and been named a county recycling champion after topping the leaderboard in a home recycling challenge which involved more than 100 schools across Kent. St John’s Catholic Primary School received its prize at its very own Wastebuster assembly held this morning after putting in an exceptional…

KCC welcomes Lower Thames Crossing announcement

KCC Corporate Director for Growth, Environment and Transport Barbara Cooper said: “We welcome the announcement on the route for the Lower Thames Crossing, putting to rest the uncertainty for residents in Kent, Thurrock and Essex. “It is now essential that Highways England delivers the scheme at pace as this key piece of infrastructure that relieves…

Work begins on new £9.5 million road scheme

Work on a £9.5 million link road scheme in Gravesend got underway this week. A ceremonial ground cutting took place on Wednesday (June 1) marking the official start of work after the end of archaeological surveys. Taking part were Kent County Council cabinet member for transport Matthew Balfour, leader of Gravesham council John Cubitt, and…

Kent welcomes Lower Thames Crossing consultation

Kent County Council today welcomed Highways England’s consultation on a Lower Thames Crossing. Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council, said: “We have been lobbying Government for more than a decade to promote a new Thames crossing and worked with Essex County Council to advance this much-needed infrastructure. We therefore welcome news that Highways England is…

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Kent sets out rail service ‘red lines’

Kent County Council (KCC) has set out a series of non-negotiable “red lines” to protect fares and services for Kent’s rail commuters during talks over the future of the county’s ‘Metro’ lines. KCC on Tuesday discussed a proposal by Transport for London (TfL) to transfer the south-east London Metro train services from Southeastern to TfL’s…