Crossing the Medway
by Marco Cillario Thu 10 March 2016, 5:06 pm
A new bridge over the River Medway at Halling and Wouldham is to open as part of a regeneration project, which will also provide 1,000 new homes.
The Peters Village community, developed by Trenport Investment on the site of the former Peters Lime and Cement Works, will feature housing, shops, recreational facilities, a school and its own village centre. Completion is expected in 2022.
The new Medway crossing and associated new roads will connect the development with the river’s west bank and on to London. It is scheduled for completion at the end of summer 2016.
It will be the first time the two banks have been linked since a military bridge was erected during World War Two and taken down again around 70 years ago.
A second bridge is being built over the nearby north-south railway on the Medway’s west bank, to enable the river bridge to be connected by road with the A228 Halling roundabout. Completion is expected at around the same time as the Medway crossing.
Both new bridges will include footways and cycleways.
Building on the Peters Village site is also under way, with housebuilder Bellway onsite and further contractors to be announced soon.
Trenport director Chris Hall said that the site would offer “excellent employment and communications potential for residents and a high quality of life”, adding that the Medway crossing was key to its success.
“We’re particularly proud of the new bridge: it is not only an elegant structure, but has been built onsite rather than through pre-cast sections being trucked in, risking disruption on roads in the surrounding area.”