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£18.9M bridge unlocks new development

River Medway bridge

An £18.9M bridge across the River Medway in Kent will give easy access to a brownfield site destined for a 1,000 home development.

Part of a £50M infrastructure project to create a community – Peters Village – on the site of a former cement works by 2022, the bridge will improve access on both banks of the river when it opens tomorrow (15 September).

The developer, Trenport Investments, has worked closely with local councils on the project and acquired the brownfield site in 2001.

However, the project was hampered by the 2008 recession until the Government stepped in with £19.5M of loan funding – effectively the cost of the bridge, which is the key to the development.

“Trenport is pleased to have continued redevelopment of brownfield sites in the Medway Valley, delivering opportunities for much needed new homes in the south east without using greenfield land,” said Trenport director Chris Hall.

“Peters Village represents the next step in a vision for the re-use of redundant Medway Valley cement works first laid out in Local Plans from the mid-1980s, and the new bridge now opens up possibilities for the next stage at nearby Bushey Wood.”

The bridge will span the east and west banks of the river, leading to better travel links and improved emergency services for the existing villages of Wouldham, Burham and Eccles on the east bank and Halling on the west.

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