St Clements Way Greenhithe improvement scheme
This scheme will increase the size and capacity of the St Clements Way/London Road roundabout and provide new bus lanes to reduce traffic congestion, particularly during peak times.
The size and capacity of the St Clements Way/London Road roundabout and provide new bus lanes.
The scheme includes:
- an enlarged St Clements Way/London Road roundabout to increase the capacity of the junction and improvements to the Crossways Boulevard roundabout
- A new northbound bus lane between London Road roundabout and Steele Avenue and an additional traffic lane provided between Steele Avenue and the Crossways Boulevard roundabout
- New traffic signals at the Steele Avenue junction which will include bus priority signals for the bus lane to allow buses to move across to the offside lane to access Greenhithe Station
- An additional traffic lane on the southbound approach to the London Road roundabout
- Widening the existing footway along St Clements Way between London Road and Mounts Road and converting it to a shared footway/cycleway
- Upgraded existing pedestrian crossings with new efficient signal equipment
- Moving the westbound pedestrian crossing outside ASDA a short distance to improve visibility of the crossing
- Removal of the existing informal crossings of St Clements Way
- Noise fencing and enhancements to the existing landscaping
The £6.9 million project has been secured by Kent County Council, with £4.2 million from the Local Growth Fund obtained from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, and £2.7 million from developer contributions.
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 new bus lanes planned for the scheme will 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 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.
- Jackson Civil Engineering Group Ltd have been appointed as the construction contractor
- January 2018 - vegetation clearance to start using off peak lane closures
- February 2018 to March 2019 – construction period