First wave of walking and cycling plans announced

The first wave of schemes to encourage walking and cycling in the county has been announced by Kent County Council. In total there will be four 20mph schemes – two town-wide schemes in Faversham and Tonbridge, and two town centre schemes in Margate and Tunbridge Wells. These schemes are being introduced through an Experimental Traffic…

Gravesend to Tilbury Ferry riding the wave

A record number of journeys have been made on the Gravesend to Tilbury Ferry this year. On the second anniversary of the contract with ferry operator Jetstream Tours, Kent County Council and Thurrock Council say 150,000 journeys a year are being made, a 40% increase since the start of the contract. Subsidised by the two…

Pepperhill household waste site closure announced

There will be a nine-week closure of the Pepperhill household waste (HWRC) site from August 18. Work will take place to repair the damaged roof following a fire at the site in April last year. Unfortunately, during the stripping-out and replacement works KCC will have to close the site. Due to the design of the…

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…