Successful bid in £5 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund

The government has today announced that Kent County Council has been successful in the first stage of its application for Forward Funding from a national £5 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund. The money will support the delivery of major transport infrastructure enabling the construction of thousands of planned new homes in Swale. This follows the submission…

Kent County Council trials the future for buses

Kent County Council has secured a seven-week electric bus trial for the county, only the second local authority to do so in the UK. Working with Volvo and ABB, a Swedish-Swiss engineering group, the electric bus produces no emissions and is driven by electric motors. It will operate as an additional hourly service – running…

KCC drastically reduces bus savings

Proposed reductions to subsidised bus routes in Kent have been drastically scaled back following positive talks with bus companies and the decision by KCC to reduce the required savings from £2.25 million to £455,000 in this coming financial year. Subsidised bus services represent just 3% of the network in Kent. The remaining 97% of services…

National secondary school offer day

Secondary Schools Offer Alert: Please note that letters regarding school offers have been sent but due to the adverse weather conditions may experience delay in delivery through Royal Mail. Emails are being sent out today, Thursday 1st March, throughout the day. If you require more information about offers, and the appeal process, please go to…

A20 Harrietsham Highway Improvements Scheme

Kent County Council is launching a consultation into highway improvements on the A20 at Harrietsham. The plan is to create a more pedestrian friendly environment and improve links between the new housing development sites, the existing housing and village centre. Proposals include a reduction in the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph, constructing new pedestrian…

Extra funding for local government

The Leader of Kent County Council Paul Carter has welcomed the extra funding for local government announced by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid. The final settlement has seen £150 million of additional resources allocated to local authorities across the UK, of which £3.9m will go to social care in Kent. Mr Carter said: “This funding, secured…

St Clements Way, Greenhithe Improvement Scheme

A multi-million pound scheme to ease congestion on a route between Dartford and Greenhithe has begun. The A206 St Clements Way is located on the important A226 strategic route between Dartford and Gravesend and provides links to the A2 and Dartford Crossing and access to the Bluewater and the Crossways retail parks. Substantial new development…

£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…

Improving Access to Tonbridge Station Revised Design

In December 2016, Kent County Council (KCC) carried out a consultation on a design to improve access to Tonbridge Station. Using feedback from that consultation, KCC has now revised the design on which they are now seeking views. Tonbridge station is the busiest station in Kent with over 4.4 million customers expected to have used the station…

KCC continues to protect frontline services

Kent County Council is approaching the start of another financial year facing an immense challenge in setting the council’s budget. In the coming financial year, KCC has a budget gap of £113 million out of the council’s net budget of approximately £1 billion. Savings of £53 million are needed as government funding reduces by £45…