Rathmore Road improvement scheme
This scheme will see Rathmore Road made become two-way. Additional road and junction improvements will be also made so that the town’s railway station is integrated with the rest of the town centre.
This project is part of Gravesham Borough Council's vision for the Transport Quarter and includes:
- improvement of Rathmore Road to make it two way
- creating a new junction with Wrotham Road/ Stone Street
- pedestrianising the eastern end of the old Rathmore Road
- a new enhanced forecourt area for the south side of the station
- making Clive Road two way
- moving the current bus stops in Clive Road to Barrack Row
- entry to Barrack Row from Clive Road to become buses only
- Darnley Road over the railway bridge to become one way north bound for all except Buses, taxis and cycles.
The approval to progress the Rathmore Road improvement scheme was taken by Kent County Council on 17 September 2014.
The decision by the SELEP Accountability Board to grant Local Growth Funding for the Rathmore Road improvement scheme was made on the 12 February 2016.
The scheme objectives are:
- to move the ring road traffic to the south of the station integrating the station with the town centre
- to move the ring road traffic on Clive Road and Barrack Row that separates the station from the town centre and the bus stops
- to move the ring road traffic from Stone Street that separates the Community Square from the Station and bus stops
- to allow an improved public realm on Clive Road and the old Rathmore Road to give improved streetscape and continuity with the earlier Community Square works.
The scheme received planning consent in November 2014. Advance tree clearance began in March 2016 to avoid nesting bird season, advance archaeology survey works began on 4 April 2016.
The main works started on 27 May 2016 and completed December 2017.
The government Growth Deal provides money to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, funding projects which drive Kent’s economic and business growth.