Sturry link road
As part of the Sturry link road scheme, there will be a road built that crosses both the railway and the Great Stour river. It would allow traffic to avoid the level crossing and support the planned new housing developments for Sturry and Broad Oak.
The link road would start at a new junction on the A28 and head north across the Great Stour and railway line, see A-B on scheme plan (PDF, 856.5 KB). A combined viaduct solution is likely rather than individual bridges. This is because the ground conditions are poor and the Great Stour runs close to the railway. Also, the route the road can take is restricted.
From the railway the road would turn east to connect back to the A291. Where the road runs will partly be influenced by the layout of the proposed housing development. The idea at this stage is for a junction in the area of (E) that would allow separate connections to be made to the A291 and A28.
The link road would open up opportunities for improvements to the station including a car park. If a new pedestrian footbridge was provided as part of a station upgrade the pedestrian crossing could be closed - Milner Crossing (G).
The new road would be close to another level crossing at Broad Oak (H). The link road would open up the potential opportunity to close the crossing if a suitable connection to the link road could be achieved.
Formal scheme approval was made by:
The A28 through Sturry gets congested because the level crossing interrupts traffic. The new road would allow traffic to avoid the level crossing and improve access to Sturry station.
The road will also support the planned housing developments in Sturry and Broad Oak, where up to 1,000 houses are proposed.
All dates below could change.
- Surveys and outline designs - autumn 2015 to spring 2017
- Public consultation before planning - summer 2017
- Planning application - summer 2018 to spring 2019
- Land acquisition and statutory procedures - summer 2018
- Procurement of a design and build contract - summer 2018 to spring 2019
- Detailed design - spring 2019 to winter 2019
- Construction - spring 2020 to autumn 2021 (at the earliest).
For further information please visit our consultation site.