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New dawn for Medway river travel

by Jim Dunton Wed 16 October 2013, 9:03 am

A landing stage is set to be installed at the end of Chatham's Sun Pier in a move that will open up new possibilities for river services.

Medway Council said the development would give people better access to the pier and give river taxis and leisure boats tidal access.

It said that the landing pontoons and two walkways would be open at Chatham’s commercial docks on 24 October and that their installation could lead to the establishment of river crossings between Chatham and the Medway City estate for commuters, visitors, and residents.

The project is also seen as having the potential to unlock development of the Chatham waterfront and regeneration of the town centre.

Sun Pier has been off limits for boats since 2010, following the structural failure of its access brow and landing pontoon.

Council leader Rodney Chambers said the new landing stage was a “highly significant development” for the borough’s regeneration.

“It means Sun Pier can be brought back into proper use, which is good news for residents and visitors,” he said.

“It is also important for future redevelopment of the waterfront and the town centre.”

Councillor Kelly Tollhurst, who is also vice chair of the Medway and Swale Boating Association, said the landing stage would open up the borough for visiting vessels and provide access for emergency services.

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