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Another priority road schemes set to benefit from Government funding

Another priority road schemes set to benefit from Government funding

Another of our priority road schemes has received Government approval and funding of £750,000 to enable it to progress to the next phase of development.

The A28 Birchington, Acol and Westgate-On-Sea Relief Road scheme is one of the  top ten priority schemes Transport for the South East submitted to government for consideration as part of the 2020-15 Major Road Network upgrade programme.

This funding will allow for a full business case to be developed for the scheme that if successful will provide an alternative route to the already congested A28 corridor. Linking to the A28 south of Birchington and to Manston Road and Hartsdown Road, East of Westgate-on-Sea, through future development sites. It will also provide a southern link through an extension to the existing Columbus Avenue, providing relief to the village of Acol.

Through improvements to existing roads and creating a new relief road this scheme will reduce congestion, support greater economic activity as new housing is developed and improve active travel and public transport measures in that area.

A high-quality, reliable transport network is absolutely critical to our regions continued success. We are really pleased to see another of our priority schemes receiving backing and investment from government.

Councillor Keith Glazier, Chair of Transport for the South East

Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, David Brazier, said: “This scheme is a very important project for residents and businesses in East Kent.

“It is encouraging, with the support of Transport for the South East, we have been able to secure this initial funding for the A28 to progress to the next phase of development.

“Subject to its completion, we should be able to look forward to more reliable and quicker journeys while cutting congestion and supporting new housing and jobs.”