St Clements Way, Greenhithe Improvement Scheme

The A206 St Clements Way is located on the important A226 strategic route between Dartford and Gravesend, provides links to the A2 and Dartford Crossing, and access to Bluewater and Crossways business parks. St Clements Way also provides direct access to Greenhithe Station and forms a key link for the Fastrack bus service and other important bus services in the area.

Substantial new development has been built and is planned in the area and this will increase traffic flows and congestion. This improvement scheme forms part of a wider package of improvements (including the A2 Bean junction) aimed at reducing congestion and catering for future growth and development in the Kent Thameside area.

The aim of the scheme is to reduce traffic congestion, particularly during peak hours and to improve overall journey time reliability. This will be achieved by increasing the size and capacity of the St Clements Way/London Road roundabout and the provision of new bus lanes along both sides of St Clements Way. The new bus lanes will also encourage the use of more sustainable modes of transport, improve existing bus journey times and assist the planned expansion of the Fastrack bus service. The site is highly constrained by existing buildings but where possible existing Kent County Council land will be utilised in the design to maximise the benefits of the scheme. Increased noise is an understandable concern for residents and the intention is to provide a noise fence to screen those residents affected. The design of the noise fence will be integrated into the replacement landscaping proposals for the scheme.

The overall estimated cost of the scheme is £6.9m. It will be funded by a contribution of £4.2m from the Local Growth Funding provided by the Department of Transport to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership and £2.7m from developer contributions.

The scheme includes:

  • an enlarged roundabout at the existing A226 London Road/A206 St Clements Way junction to increase capacity
  • a new bus lane in each direction between the London Road and Crossways Boulevard roundabouts to improve Fastrack links to and from Greenhithe Station
  • the conversion of the existing footway to a new shared footway/cycleway route along St Clements Way between London Road and Mounts Road.
  • improvements to the Crossways Boulevard roundabout
  • upgrade of the existing pedestrian crossings with new and more efficient signal equipment
  • removal of the existing informal crossings of St Clements Way
  • provision of noise fencing for adjacent residents
  • replacement and enhancements of the existing landscaping.

The scheme objectives are:

  • to reduce traffic congestion
  • to improve overall journey time reliability.
  • to improve existing bus journey times and assist the planned expansion of the Fastrack bus service
  • to provide additional capacity for the junction to cater for increased traffic volumes.

Scheme documents

Public exhibition

A public exhibition on the scheme proposals has been arranged for Friday 24 February between 2.30 and 6.00pm and Saturday 25 February between 9.30am and 12.00pm and will be held at St Mary’s Church Hall, London Road, Greenhithe. Please note that there is limited parking at The Rectory accessed via Mounts Road but additional parking is available at the nearby McDonald's Restaurant located in Bean Road.

Programme

  • detailed design – Spring/Summer 2017
  • appointment of contractor – Autumn 2017
  • vegetation clearance – early 2018
  • construction - Spring 2018 to Spring 2019

Feedback

To give feedback about this scheme, please email us at stclementsmajorproject@kent.gov.uk.