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KCC want your views on new Thanet Parkway station

Thanet Parkway

An artists impression of how the proposed Thanet Parkway Station could look

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RESIDENTS have been asked to share their views on plans for the proposed Thanet parkway station near Cliffsend.

Kent County Council (KCC) will launch a series of consultations next month asking for public views on planned facilities and their potential impacts.

Proposals would see a £14 million, two-platform station built at the Sevenscore roundabout.

It is hoped that passengers will be able to reach Stratford International from the parkway stop in around an hour from early 2019.

KCC cabinet member for transport David Brazier said: “East Kent has lots of exciting development opportunities but its long commuting times to London and poor connections to the rest of Kent have meant that it hasn’t been the first choice for new business investment.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to generate jobs, unlock development and boost investment in the local economy by improving connectivity and access to the capital.”

It is forecast almost 50,000 trips currently taken from Ramsgate station every year and 16,000 from Sandwich would instead be made from the parkway.

Plans first mooted in 2011 intended the station to be used partly by passengers travelling to and from the now closed Manston airport.

Cllr Brazier said: “Manston airport was part of the equation. We have a pretty good idea of what sort of development will be there, it will be jobs, it will be housing.

“Manston has never had more than a tiny footfall of passengers, it was never going to be a huge airport, not in my lifetime.

“But with the development on the site and Discovery Park, there is suddenly a very viable business community at that site.”

To find out more and take part in the consultation, which starts on Monday, February 2 and closes on Friday March 27, visit kent.gov.uk/thanetparkway.

Thanet Parkway consultations, when and where?

February 12, noon – 8pm

Cliffsend Village Hall

Foads Lane, Cliffsend, Ramsgate

February 17, 3pm- 7.30pm

Ramsgate Railway Station

Ticket Hall, Ramsgate

February 19, noon – 8pm

Sandwich Guildhall

Castle Market, Sandwich

February 21, 10am-6pm

Ramsgate Town Council

Meeting Room, The Custom House, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate

February 24, 10am– 5pm

Discovery Park

Magellan Suite, Innovation House, Discovery Park

February 26, 2pm-5.30pm

Minster-in-Thanet Library

4A Monkton Road, Minster, Ramsgate

March 4, 2pm-8pm

Herne Community Centre

St.Martin’s View, off School Lane, Herne

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