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Green Light for Link Road

4 April 2008

Building the new Rushenden Link Road will be a major milestone for the Thames Gateway project. £13.2 million funding will come from SEEDA and the Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG). Kent County Council will build the road later this year.

SEEDA, has completed the land acquisitions necessary to enable the construction of the Road so that the £400m Queenborough & Rushenden regeneration project on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, can be accessed.

The Link Road will provide a gateway to the new community including 2,000 new homes, a 180 berth marina and open spaces. Commercial traffic, will use the new road from Neats Court, (the proposed employment area), to the new A249 and the Sheppey Crossing, instead of travelling through the residential parts of Queenborough & Rushenden.

"This is the trigger for starting the first phase of the development. We’re pleased at the result which comes after complex negotiations, in parallel with the sensitive archaeological and environmental work that is being carried out."

Nick Young, SEEDA’s Senior Development Executive for Queenborough and Rushenden Regeneration project.

"This is an ambitious project and takes time to plan, and we are grateful to the local community, who have played a central role shaping the future for the area, who I know will be delighted to see work finally starting on site."

Barbara Thompson, Regeneration Director, Swale Borough Council.

"We want the best for Thames Gateway, and I’m delighted that Sheppey can be a showcase. The Rushenden Relief road is the catalyst to the regeneration of Queenborough & Rushenden."

Paul Hudson, Director of CLG’s Thames Gateway Executive.

"Queenborough is a vital link in the regeneration of North Kent and we look forward to the road becoming a reality. The construction project is currently out to tender, but preparation work can start almost immediately and the major works are scheduled for later this year."

Cllr Roger Gough, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration.

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