An artists impression of how the proposed Thanet Parkway Station could look
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
Castle Market, Sandwich
February 21, 10am-6pm
Ramsgate Town Council
Meeting Room, The Custom House, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate
February 24, 10am– 5pm
Magellan Suite, Innovation House, Discovery Park
February 26, 2pm-5.30pm
4A Monkton Road, Minster, Ramsgate
March 4, 2pm-8pm
Herne Community Centre
St.Martin’s View, off School Lane, Herne