Littlebourne to Canterbury city centre

We are creating a safer and direct route for cycling from the east of Canterbury into the city centre.

The scheme runs along Longport from the Spring Lane and St Martin’s Hill junction in the east, past the Church Street and Lower Bridge Street junction in the west and into the city centre.

The scheme includes:

  • separated cycle tracks for part of the route along Monastery Street
  • a stepped cycle path on Longport.

For the narrower streets, such as Burgate and Church Street, cyclists will be on the road.

There will be additional pedestrian crossing points along Longport near St Augustine’s Roundabout and Littlebourne Road outside St Martin’s Hospital.

The scheme also includes:

  • kerb and tabletop ramp alterations at the Burgate junction with Lower Bridge Street
  • toucan crossing amendments for a straight over crossing on Lower Bridge Street
  • tabletop ramps installed on Monastery Street.
  • a new cycle track and reorientation (turned parallel) of the parking along Longport outside St Augustine’s Abbey (creating an overall reduction of 8 parking bays)
  • reorientation of the two disabled parking bays along Longport outside St Augustine’s Abbey
  • extending the double yellow lines outside Longport House in order to provide sufficient HGV passing place (15 metre total length)
  • segregated cycle track and pedestrian footway outside Barton Court to remove the bus lane and on street parking bays east of St Augustine’s Roundabout (creating an overall loss of 3 parking bays)
  • removal of the bus lane along facilities on Longport and Lower Chantry Lane for improved pedestrian facilities at the junction
  • enhancements to the pedestrian crossing  around St Augustine’s roundabout
  • a new tabletop ramp at the junction with Longport and North Holmes Road
  • a new 20mph zone on Longport to Lower Chantry Lane and up to Lady Wootton's Green.

Scheme documents

Scheme plans

Start of works notices

Demand for pedestrian and cycle routes from residential areas to access the city centre, schools and colleges, as well as local and high street shops, will increase over time with the progression of new housing in the area.

This scheme is being funded from the £6.1m Active Travel Fund (Tranche2) provided by Active Travel England.

This project underwent a full consultation process before construction started. Find out more about the consultation.

This project started on 2 May 2023 and will take around 25 weeks to complete.

Work will generally take place between 7am and 6pm.

Longport roundabout and North Holmes Road

For the carriageway to be resurfaced it will be necessary to close the road overnight between the hours of 8pm and 6am for up to 10 nights starting in September 2023. Nearer the time, signs will be erected on site giving the exact dates and times. The signed diversion will be via Wingham and the A2, however local unsigned routes are expected to be utilised during this time.

Burgate junction with Lower Bridge Street

Due to the width of the road it will be necessary to close Burgate to through traffic. An alternative route into Burgate will be available and advertised in advance. The work will begin on 5 September and will take 4 days and 4 nights to complete from 5 September until 6am on 8 September 2023

To contact us or for further information about this scheme email