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Building bridges

Thu 23 July 2015, 5:35 pm

The building of a bridge over the River Medway by Trenport Investments is taking shape.

The £50 million structure is located near the villages of Halling and Wouldham and is part of a scheme that will feature 1,000 homes.

Trenport is looking to appoint a residential development partner for phase one of the scheme, which will include 152 homes on a brownfield site formerly occupied by Peters Lime and Cement Works.

Work on the overall project began in May 2014, with building work on the bridge starting in the spring of this year. Sheet piling work to strengthen the riverbank walls bearing the approaches to the crossing is also under way.

Trenport managing director, Tony Parson, told Medway1: “The whole scheme is right on schedule and we are particularly pleased with progress on the bridge. 

“This will open up new employment, education, shopping, and recreation horizons for the east bank villages of Wouldham, Burham and Eccles, as well as serving their new neighbour Peters Village through linking with Halling and the important A228 on the Medway’s west bank – Halling is the closest village to the new bridge.”

A second bridge is also being constructed over the nearby rail line on the west bank of the river, replacing one that would be unable to cope with traffic using the new bridge. 

Both new bridges will be fully open by late summer 2016 with the whole Peters Village development due for completion in 2022.

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