Bullockstone Road Improvement Scheme (Herne relief road)
This scheme will provide improvements to Bullockstone Road.
The improvements, together with the proposed spine road to be constructed as part of the development site at Strode Farm, will form Herne Relief Road.
Bullockstone Road will be widened with new roundabout junctions created at A291 Canterbury Road and Lower Herne Village.
The scheme includes:
- widening Bullockstone Road to between 6m and 7m
- a 2.5m shared footway/cycleway for the full length of the road
- a new roundabout at the Bullockstone Road / A291 Canterbury Road junction
- a new roundabout at the Bullockstone Road / Lower Herne Village spine road junction
- closing off Lower Herne Road
- landscaping to replace lost greenery
The £7.6 million project is being fully funded by developer contributions.
The timetable is subject to change dependent on the timing of funding contributions.
Outline design: August 2018 to March 2019
Public consultation: Spring 2019
Planning application: May 2019 to October 2019
Detailed design: April 2019 to October 2019
Land acquisition: May 2019 to April 2020
Procurement of a contractor: November 2019 to March 2020
Construction: Summer: 2020 to Autumn 2021
Bullockstone Road is a narrow single carriageway that does not currently provide a safe and suitable route for all users as there are no footpaths or cycle paths. Additionally, hedges and vegetation create a narrow corridor for all traffic.
Substantial development is planned in the area and this will increase congestion. The improvement scheme aims to provide an alternative route to the existing A291 through Herne, which is very narrow.
The scheme supports the Kent economy by reducing congestion, improving infrastructure and improving accessibility. The scheme also means around 2,600 new homes can be built.
Hollamby Estates has been granted planning permission by the Secretary of State for Lower Herne Village at Strode Farm.
The outline design of the Bullockstone Road improvements together with surveys and investigation work will commence.