Monthly Archives: January 2015

Lea Bridge Station Decision Postponed 1

A decision with regards to Lea Bridge has been postponed. A meeting was due to be held on 22nd January. Lea Bridge was one of the railway stations that was funded under the DfT’s New Stations Fund. Funding will only be provided if the railway station opens by December 2015.

Click here for the meeting agenda

Further investigation into the story reveals that the most likely reason for the postponement was because three rail freight operators have raised objections. It is understood that Network Rail are in discussion to resolve the objections with timescales for the reopening of the station likely to be firmed up during Spring 2015.

Stella Creasy MP Newsletter

Have your say on Thanet Parkway

Residents and local businesses are being asked for their views on the facilities, potential impacts and benefits of a proposed new parkway railway station in Thanet that will improve travel to and from London (Stratford International). The proposed station will improve the perception of East Kent as a well-connected and easily accessible area for investment while also increasing employment opportunities for residents.

The £14 million project would see an unstaffed, two-platform station, car park and an access road connecting it to the A256 and the A299 at the Sevenscore roundabout. Passengers would be able to reach London (Stratford International) from the proposed Thanet Parkway stop, near Cliffsend, in about an hour from early 2019.

Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport David Brazier said:

“East Kent has lots of exciting development opportunities but its long commuting times to London and poor connections to the rest of Kent have meant that it hasn’t been the first choice for new business investment.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to generate jobs, unlock development and boost investment in the local economy by improving connectivity and access to the capital.

“The Thanet Parkway project has already been provisionally awarded £10 million from central Government, with KCC committing £1.5m, and discussions are underway with other parties to fill the £2.5 million funding gap.

“Our plans are at an early stage so the exact location, layout and appearance of the station, car park and access arrangements may change. We now want to hear what local residents and businesses think, and I encourage them to take part in our consultation.”

Find out more and participate in the consultation, which starts on Monday 2 February and closes on Friday 27 March 2015.

Kent County Council is working closely with the Department for Transport, Network Rail, Southeastern, Thanet and Dover District Councils to ensure the project is viable and supported. The authority is also talking to businesses at Discovery Park Enterprise Zone. In addition, early discussions have been held about the new station with interested Parish and Town Councils in Thanet and Dover.

Seven consultation events will be held across Thanet and Dover during the eight week public consultation period. These will be held on:

  • 12 February 2015, 12pm – 8pm – Cliffsend Village Hall, Foads Lane, Cliffsend, Ramsgate, CT12 5JH
  • 17 February 2015, 3pm – 7:30pm – Ramsgate Railway Station, Ticket Hall, Ramsgate, CT11 7RE
  • 19 February 2015, 12pm – 8pm – Sandwich Guildhall, Castle Market, Sandwich, CT13 9AH
  • 21 February 2015, 10am – 6pm – Ramsgate Town Council, Meeting Room, The Custom House, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LP
  • 24 February 2015, 10am – 5pm – Discovery Park Enterprise Zone, Magellan Suite, Innovation House, Discovery Park, CT13 9FF
  • 26 February 2015, 2pm – 5:30pm – Minster-in-Thanet Library, 4A Monkton Road, Minster, Ramsgate CT12 4EA
  • 4 March 2015, 2pm – 8pm – Herne Community Centre, St.Martin’s View, off School Lane, Herne, CT6 7AE

Residents can also write to us at:

Freepost MA629
Thanet Parkway Public Consultation
Transport Strategy
1st Floor, Invicta House
Maidstone ME14 1BR

Proposed Rapid Transit Network Review for Black Country

Transport chiefs are set to take a fresh look at proposals for a rapid transit network to best
connect the Black Country’s key towns and cities with each other and Birmingham.
The West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority, which meets next Wednesday (January
28), is to consider carrying out a review of what tram, light rail or other rapid transit options
are available and which routes should be taken.
It follows a request from the Association of Black Country Authorities (Dudley, Sandwell,
Walsall and Wolverhampton) which is keen to see a rapid transit network linking major
centres of employment, education and leisure to help underpin future economic growth and
job creation.
The Black Country Rapid Transit Review would be carried out by public transport coordinator
Centro in partnership with the four councils.
If given the go-ahead, the review is likely to determine which routes and types of vehicle can
offer the best options in terms of connectivity, economic benefit and value for money.
It would also take into consideration new developments such as the Black Country
Enterprise Zones at i54 and Darlaston and the need to link into the HS2 high speed rail line
and existing rapid transit routes including the forthcoming Metro extension from
Wolverhampton St George’s to the city’s bus and rail stations.
WMITA chair, Cllr Roger Lawrence, said: “The principle of a high quality rapid transit system
for the Black Country remains a priority.
“Such a network would provide the transport infrastructure needed to support ambitions for
future economic growth and the creation of much needed jobs.
“However, it’s been a number of years since this was first looked at and during that time we
have seen the emergence of key developments such as HS2, i54 and the planned super
hospital at Smethwick.
“It’s therefore important we ensure this network has the right routes and connections for the
future and delivers the maximum economic benefits possible for the cost.”
Cllr Lawrence said a review would determine what options could be built within the next five
to ten years and confirm the preferred lines of route so local councils had clarity about what
land would be needed.