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SEEDA New Road Good for Thanet

4 February 2008
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Work is underway on a new £6.5million spine road which will be good for business and local residents in Thanet.

The road will be an important link between Westwood Cross and the Newington estate in Ramsgate, including the Marlowe Academy. It will open up the EuroKent site and will help to improve access to new developments at Westwood Cross. At the same time, it will help to ease local congestion by avoiding the old Haine Road.

The single carriageway road will run from a new roundabout just north of St John’s Avenue and go across the EuroKent site to connect to New Haine Road, which was built to serve earlier development. A new foul sewer will be laid during the work to serve future development.

Drivers will be encouraged to use the new road once it is complete and later a traffic calming scheme will be introduced in Haine Road.

The new road is being jointly funded by KCC, Thanet District Council, the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) and Rose Farm Estates. Work is expected to be completed in September.

KCC Cabinet Member for Highways Keith Ferrin said:

"This new road is important as it will make it easier for motorists to get around this busy area of Thanet, particularly on the EuroKent site. I am pleased work is underway as residents and businesses alike will benefit when the road is complete."

Leader of Thanet District Council, Cllr Sandy Ezekiel, said:

"Seeing work get underway on this new road is excellent news for Thanet. It is a project that has been eagerly anticipated by local people and I am sure that they will warmly welcome this scheme. The work also sends out a strong message to potential investors that we are open for business and determined to have the best possible transport links in Thanet."

Allert Riepma, SEEDA Senior Development Manager, said:

"The Regional Economic Strategy (RES) for the South East highlights the need for improved transport infrastructure across the region in order to maintain economic competitiveness. This is one example of SEEDA recognising that aim in order to attract new jobs and economic prosperity to the Thanet area."

The contract has been awarded to Jackson Civil Engineering and is being managed by Kent Highway Services.

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