Green Corridors Programme
The Green Corridors programme will deliver walking and cycling infrastructure improvements to 13 sites across Ebbsfleet and the surrounding area. This is the third phase of funding from Ebbsfleet Development Corporation.
This third phase will connect some of the remaining gaps in the cycling and walking network to better connect new and existing communities.
Site 1 - Painters Ash and Pepper Hill
23 dropped crossings and associated infrastructure were installed across the Painters Ash and Pepper Hill area of Northfleet.
Scheme objective: This scheme aimed to promote accessibility for pedestrians in the housing development, particularly surrounding Painters Ash School.
Progress: This scheme was constructed between May and June 2021.
Site 2 - Thames Way
This scheme will renew the segregated cycle and walking infrastructure on Thames Way from the A2260 junction to the railway bridge to the west of Northfleet station. The cycleway and footway will both be widened to the updated cycling LTN1/20 standards. Lighting will be provided in the pedestrian underpass to the south of Black Eagle Drive.
Scheme objective: To promote accessibility connections by improving the cycling and pedestrian facilities between Ebbsfleet Station and Grove Rd development.
Progress: The site is currently in the detailed design stage. Phase 1 and 2 are expected to be completed during the winter of 2023 with the Eagle Drive Link to be completed in early spring 2023.
Site 3 - Greenhithe Station
This scheme will provide a pedestrian footway to the north of Greenhithe Station. The second phase of the scheme will introduce a more direct cycle route from London Road to the station via Ivy Villas and Station Road. A shared use ramp from Station Road to Station Approach will be constructed.
Scheme objective: To link up disconnected cycle and pedestrian routes surrounding Greenhithe Station and to promote a north-south route from the new Whitecliffe development to the station.
Progress: Phase 1 is complete with the planters due to be filled in spring 2023 when the weather improves. Phase 2 has progressed to the detailed design phase. This site is forecast to begin construction in late summer 2023.
Site 4 - Ebbsfleet Academy
This scheme will upgrade the surface of the existing Public Right of Way and construct additional pedestrian access to Ebbsfleet Academy from the junction of Southfleet Road and Whitecliffe Road.
Scheme objective: To connect Castle Hill and Swanscombe and increase the accessibility and safety of access to Ebbsfleet Academy for pedestrians.
Progress: The planning application for this scheme will be submitted in spring 2023.
Site 5 - Bean Road
This scheme will make Bean Road one way and increase the width of the footway to improve pedestrian accessibility on Bean Road.
Scheme objective: To create a more pedestrian friendly environment by increasing footway width and reallocating road space.
Progress: The site is currently in its detailed design phase and is expected to begin construction in mid-spring 2023 and will continue until early autumn 2023. Construction will be planned to minimise disruption to residents on Bean Road and maintain access wherever possible.
Site 6 - National Cycle Route 177 to Hall Road
This scheme will provide a cycle link from the National Cycle Route 177 to Hall Road. The current footway on Hall Road will be widened and become a shared surface.
Scheme objective: To provide a connected cycle route from National Cycle Network Route 177 to Hall Road increasing the permeability of the area and encourage sustainable travel.
Progress: This scheme is currently in the detailed design phase. The site will be constructed in conjunction with site 8 with the construction of the second site immediately following the first. Both schemes are scheduled for construction between autumn 2023 and spring 2024. Construction will be carefully planned to minimise disruption to residents and maintain access wherever possible.
Site 7 - Ebbsfleet Green to Ebbsfleet Central
This site was intended to provide better accessibility from Ebbsfleet Green to Ebbsfleet Central. However, since the Site of Special Scientific Interest designation of the land to the east of the A2260. This scheme has been removed from the programme as it is no longer required.
Site 8 - Pepper Hill/Hall Road roundabout to Springhead Parkway
This scheme will provide a stepped cycle route from Pepper Hill/Hall Road roundabout to Springhead Parkway. As part of the next phase, Green Corridors 4, an additional scheme will likely continue this route north to Thames Way.
Scheme objective: To improve the north-south cycle links and accessibility throughout the area. To improve the safety of cyclists on the route.
Progress: The site is currently in its detailed design stage. It will be constructed in conjunction with site 8 with the construction of the second site immediately following the first. Both schemes are scheduled for construction between autumn 2023 and spring 2024. Construction will be carefully planned to minimise disruption to residents and maintain access wherever possible.
Site 9 and 10 - Galley Hill/Lower Road junction to Stonebridge Road roundabout
Sites 9 and 10 are located between the Galley Hill/Lower Road junction and Stonebridge Road roundabout. These sites are larger sites and are part of the Fastrack bus route. As such, further feasibility work is being undertaken at these junctions to identify a joint walking, cycling and bus priority improvement scheme.
Progress: There are multiple housing development sites proposed within the vicinity of this scheme. This scheme will not progress to the next stage of design until the scale and layout of these potential developments are understood.
Site 11 - College Road to Vicarage Drive
This scheme will reallocate road space to widen footways and provide shared cycle facilities from College Road to Vicarage Drive.
Scheme objective: To improve the east-west cycle links and accessibility throughout the area and improve the safety of cyclists on the route.
Progress: The site is currently in its detailed design stage and is forecast to begin construction in mid-autumn 2023.
Site 12 - Mounts Road, Greenhithe
This site is located on Mounts Road in Greenhithe. Initial feasibility work is being undertaken to identify possible walking and cycling improvements on the route.
Site 13 - Keary Road, Swanscombe
This site is located on Keary Road in Swanscombe. The scheme will consist of pedestrian improvements to the ‘chicken run’ Public Right of Way and the installation of a raised table to further increase driver awareness of school children crossing the road.
Progress: This site is currently in its detailed design stage with an expectation for this site to begin construction phase in mid-late summer 2023.
The Green Corridors programme is entirely funded by Ebbsfleet Development Corporation with a grant of £7.4 million and delivered by Kent County Council (KCC). Phase 3 of the scheme will focus on more substantial schemes than the previous 2 phases.
- Programme map (PDF, 598.7 KB)
- Green Corridors public consultation brochure - 21 July to 31 August 2021 (PDF, 3.3 MB)
- Bean Road consultation brochure (PDF, 1.3 MB)
- Springhead Road consultation brochure (PDF, 2.2 MB)
- London Road to Greenhithe Station consultation brochure (PDF, 2.1 MB)
The decision to progress the Green Corridors Programme phase 3 was taken by KCC on 15 September 2020.
Ebbsfleet Garden City has excellent regional and international connectivity, but on a local level, new villages and communities of the Garden City are segregated by the lack of connecting walking and cycling infrastructure. Many areas of Ebbsfleet Garden City are still disjointed and lack the network of local transport connections required to ensure the area grows sustainably.
The Green Corridors programme aims to create a walking and cycling culture including improvements to the quality of life of residents and improved resident satisfaction, whilst making routes safer to use, appealing and less polluted from traffic.
This programme will work alongside other projects, such as Active Travel, wayfinding and cycle hubs to connect developments to walking and cycling infrastructure to make a fully connected network.
The Green Corridors programme has held 2 rounds of public consultation to inform the design of the schemes and the results have been compiled in the consultation report (PDF, 510.9 KB).
Some of the larger schemes may still require further consultation. These will be launched in Summer 2022.
The Green Corridors sites are being designed and built separately. Estimated programme dates are:
- Detailed design: spring 2021 to summer 2023
- Procurement of contractors: autumn 2022 to autumn 2023
- Construction: summer 2021 to spring 2024
Please note these dates are subject to change.
A further phase of the Green Corridors programme is currently at feasibility stage. Possible routes have been identified through meetings with stakeholders, elected members and the results of the Green Corridors phase 3 consultations.