South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) and the Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG) are to provide a £13.2m fund for the new Rushenden Link Road, which forms part of the Thames Gateway project.
The link road will provide a gateway to the £400m Queenborough & Rushenden regeneration project on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, which includes 2,000 new homes, a 180 berth marina and open spaces. Commercial traffic will use the road from Neats Court to the new A249 and the Sheppey Crossing instead of travelling through the residential parts of the project.
SEEDA has completed land acquisitions, which will enable construction of the road and Kent County Council are due to build it road later in the year.
Councillor Roger Gough said: ‘Queenborough is a vital link in the regeneration of north Kent and we look forward to the road becoming a reality. The construction work is currently out to tender, but preparation work can start almost immediately and the major works are scheduled for later this year.’
SEEDA’s senior development executive for the project Nick Young added: ‘This is the trigger for starting the first phase of the development. We are pleased with the result which comes after complex negotiations, in parallel with the sensitive archaeological and environment work that is carried out.’