Gravesend bus hub
As part of the Kent Thameside Local Sustainable Transport schemes package, a new bus hub will be implemented to improve the transport interchange between bus and rail in Gravesend town centre at Barrack Row.
This will link with the existing Rathmore Road scheme, separately delivered by Local Growth Fund.
This scheme aims to improve rail, bus, bike and pedestrian links.
It will will link with the public realm improvements to the station forecourt and the rerouted traffic along New Rathmore Road. The design will include:
- 4 new bus stops on Barrack Row
- the restriction of Barrack Row to buses only
- more pedestrian space and prioritised crossings
- 2 Fastrack stops and Sapphire service improvements on Garrick Street
- provision for an electric bus charging point
- a new public access toilet facility in Barrack Row by Gravesham Borough Council.
The Gravesend bus hub scheme is a £4.17 million project to be delivered by March 2022.
The scheme has been allocated £1.6 million from the total sum of £4.9 million awarded by the Local Growth Fund (LGF), through the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, to deliver the Kent Thameside Local Sustainable Transport Programme.
The following funding has also been secured:
- £850,000 from our public transport budget
- £215,000 from Ebbsfleet Development Corporation
- £15,000 from Gravesham Borough Council
- £270,697 from the Kent County Council Lane Rental Fund.
In addition, £1.48 million from the Kent Thameside Strategic Transport Infrastructure Programme (STIPs) has been reallocated to this project from the Rathmore Road improvement scheme as this was delivered under budget.
One of the key concerns raised within the public event feedback was around ensuring both elements of the bus hub were delivered together to minimise disruption to travel services and general movement around Gravesend town centre.
We have worked to collate the different aspects of the scheme so they can be delivered together under one construction contract. FM Conway have been appointed as the principal contractor to deliver the scheme.
The delivery will be split into three phases (PDF, 1.2 MB) and the provisional delivery programme is detailed below:
Phase 1 - June to October 2021
Barrack Row Local Bus Service Improvements. Work started on site on 14 June 2021.
Phase 2 - October to December 2021
Garrick Street Fastrack Service Improvements and the improvement to the Barrack Row/Darley Road junction.
Phase 3 - January 2022
Removal of the Clive Road bus stops and all local bus services operating from Barrack Row.
The design provides 3 stops in Garrick Street for Fastrack and Sapphire services, with 4 stops in Barrack Row for local bus services.
The scheme aims to make it easier for people to access Gravesend town centre using public transport, through providing improved and integrated bus facilities.
Buses play a vital role in the economic success of local businesses, as well as reducing traffic congestion and improving local air quality.
With significant enhancements planned for local buses, including accessible journey information and an additional premium Fastrack service, bus usage is expected to grow significantly.
The new Gravesend bus hub will be the gateway to the town centre, and the improved facilities will set a welcoming tone for those arriving by bus or rail.
The scheme objectives are to:
- deliver a fully integrated sustainable transport network, allowing the user to transfer seamlessly between modes making sustainable transport a real alternative to the private car
- increase pedestrian space, forming centralised waiting areas, and to install new prioritised crossings
- ensure that the equipment installed allows for the future electrification of the bus network.
The approval for initial stages of the scheme were taken on 15 May 2015 and the final approval to progress the scheme to construction was taken on 18 September 2020. View the record of decision.