2019 pothole blitz gets underway

After a relatively mild winter – so far – Kent County Council has once again launched its pothole blitz for 2019. KCC will have 11 local contractors delivering the blitz as follows: Dartford and Gravesham – O’Rourke Contracting; Sevenoaks – SCG; Tunbridge Wells – Kenson Contractors; Maidstone – Duke Contractors; Tonbridge and Malling – Tom…

Dartford’s electric bus trial under review

The future of electric buses in Kent is being considered after a trial in Dartford came to an end. Back in March, Kent County Council launched a seven-week trial on the Fastrack route. Working with Volvo and ABB, a Swedish-Swiss engineering group, the electric bus produced no emissions and is driven by electric motors. The…

£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…

Two-way traffic to return to Tonbridge High Street

Two-way traffic to return to Tonbridge High Street

Two-way traffic will return to Tonbridge High Street from Thursday (May 19). The multi-million pound works to Tonbridge High Street are now drawing to a close with Medway Wharf Road opened up to traffic from the High street. This week, there have been night time closures of the High Street for the completion of the…

Gritter naming competition winners revealed

With little chance of seeing them out on the roads so far this year, children who named mini gritters got to visit their creations at the highways depot. At the beginning of October, the county’s 60 gritters and five mini gritters warmed up their engines and took part in a dry run of gritting routes.…

Kent residents and businesses are being asked for their views on options for street lighting across the county.

Residents to benefit from local LED street lighting

Kent County Council has agreed to press ahead with converting its stock of 120,000 street lights to LED with Central Management System (CMS) technology. Improvements in LED lighting technology will reduce KCC’s street lighting energy bill by around 60%, meaning that the Council will able to return every residential area to all-night lighting. Lights may…

The difference LED streetlights make.

LED street lighting will save energy and taxpayer money

Kent County Council is planning to invest £40million to convert its 120,000 street lights to a centrally-controlled LED lighting system that will reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions by 60%, and deliver annual savings of £5.3million. The council has worked with Salix, an agency of the Department of Energy and Climate Change, to secure an…