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:
Thanet Parkway Public Consultation
1st Floor, Invicta House
Maidstone ME14 1BR