What have we achieved so far?
Working with partners and the business community, we have successfully pushed for strategic improvements to local road access to the trunk road network, resulting in over £144 million of public investment. The £100 million Sheppey Crossing opened in 2006, providing a dualled second crossing of the Swale, between the mainland and the Isle of Sheppey. 2011 saw the opening of both the Sittingbourne Northern Relief Road and the Rushenden Relief Road, providing vastly improved access to key existing employment sites and opening up new opportunities for both commercial and housing development.
The area has also benefited from the provision of HS1 services along the North Kent line, with Faversham as the terminus station. The new service has generated small improvements in journey times to London and direct services to Ebbsfleet International, Stratford and St Pancras, in addition to Victoria.