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Views wanted over walking and cycling routes in Ebbsfleet, Greenhithe, and Northfleet

Your views are wanted to help shape £7.4m of improvements to several walking and cycling routes.

A consultation into eight improvement schemes across Ebbsfleet, Greenhithe, and Northfleet has been launched by Kent County Council.

Your views are wanted over the cycling routes and paths. Picture: istock
Your views are wanted over the cycling routes and paths. Picture: istock

There are two schemes at Ebbsfleet, covering Swanscombe to Castle Hill and access into Ebbsfleet Academy, and a connection to Ackers Drive.

There's another two in Greenhithe, taking in London Road to Greenhithe Station, plus Bean Road.

Another covers Northfleet High Street, while there are others in the Northfleet South and Painters Ash area for Springhead Road, the National Cycle Route 177 to Hall Road, and Hall Road itself.

They all form part of what are collectively known as the Green Corridors Programme and aim to provide high-quality, connected routes to support a shift towards sustainable modes of travel.

KCC cabinet member for highways and transport David Brazier said: “We very much want to encourage sustainable and active travel and ensure that walking and cycling is safer, easier, attractive, and inclusive.

A possible concept for Ivy Villas, near Greenhithe Station. Picture: Kent County Council
A possible concept for Ivy Villas, near Greenhithe Station. Picture: Kent County Council

“We have worked closely with the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation to develop some initial proposals and we would now very much like to hear from residents on what they think.

“They range from providing a new access into Ebbsfleet Academy, widening the pavements on Northfleet High Street, a new cycle route to Greenhithe station, and one-way traffic on Bean Road.

“Please take a look at the proposals as we very much want to hear your views and the feedback we receive will be vital in helping to shape how the schemes are developed and taken forward.”

The consultation says Kent lacks good quality cycle routes. Less than 2% of residents currently cycle to work, lower than the regional and national average, but a shift in thinking during the Covid-19 pandemic has led to more people taking up cycling, and walking more often.

The changing patterns of behaviour has provided opportunities to invest in making local places easier and more pleasant to travel by foot or cycle.

The total budget for the programme is £7.4m which will be split across all schemes, which will be funded by Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and delivered by Kent County Council.

In the next six months, a second consultation will be held on the larger schemes – Hall Road, Springhead Road, Northfleet High Street, and Bean Road – with more detail of the designs to ensure that they best suit the needs of local communities.

The consultation, available at www.kent.gov.uk/greencorridors, will run for six weeks until August 31.

For queries or requests for hard copies, email greencorridors@kent.gov.uk or call 03000 418181 using the reference "Green Corridor Programme".

For alternative formats, email alternativeformats@kent.gov.uk or call 03000 42 15 53. There is also a text relay service service on 18001 03000 42 15 53. This number goes to an answering machine, which is monitored during office hours.

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