Approval for £40m road to ease town congestion

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08 Dec 2004

ONE of the last pieces of the jigsaw in Sittingbourne's complicated road network is about to be put in place.

The long-awaited Northern Relief Road is on its way — but at a price. Its cost has spiralled to more than £40 million.

News of funding for the major trunk road north of the town was received with relief by campaigners who have long fought for it.

They were delighted by the announcement that the Government would con-tribute £29 million to the scheme to provide "missing link" between Kemsley and Eurolink Business Park.
Once finished, it promises to ease town centre traffic congestion, provide better access to businesses and improve links to new housing developments.

Greg Macdonald, pro-gramme director of Swale Forward, the group shaping Sittingbourne's future, said: "This is one of the biggest milestones we have achieved. It's been just a plan for so many years. It will unlock so many sites."

The plans include a 118-metre bridge over Milton Creek, and a 40-metre bridge over Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway. Work could start on the bridge over the creek next autumn.

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