Proposals For Canterbury City Bypass Move Forward
Key infrastructure plans to push ahead with a new eastern bypass for Canterbury have been confirmed by the city and county councils.
A new A28 bypass linking Sturry Road to the A2 would take through traffic away from the ring road and could have major benefits for the area in terms of tackling air quality. It would also be intrinsic to the future economic growth of the city and the wider East Kent region.
As the council explained, the bypass is not included within the district’s current Transport Strategy, which was put together by both authorities. It was felt at the time that the strategy adequately dealt with the transport needs required to support future house building, including a completely new junction on the A2 at Bridge, a new A2 coastbound off-slip at Wincheap, a new road linking the A257 with Chaucer Road, new roads around the Sturry and Broad Oak areas, expanded park and ride sites and more cycle and pedestrian facilities.
However the strategy left open the option to revisit the eastern bypass idea, and the councils have been discussing it in recent months. Those talks have concluded that now is the time to support the concept, begin looking at a potential route for it and examine possible sources of funding, such as the government’s Major Roads Network project.
Leader of Canterbury City Council, Simon Cook, said: “We work very closely with the county council on the road network in and around the city and the improvements that are needed in the future, connected to population growth and the needs of businesses.”