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It has always been important to us to create a transport strategy that works for our visitors but also the local community. We have tested a number of scenarios to understand how we can minimise our impact on the local road network and deliver transport improvements.

We have developed two options involving the A2 Ebbsfleet junction access that attempt to minimise any adverse impacts upon archaeology and ecology. Only one of these options will be taken forward.

OPTION A

  • A new dedicated access route will be created to separate Entertainment Resort traffic from local traffic, reducing the potential for traffic congestion at the A2 Ebbsfleet junction
  • Adjacent to the existing HS1 rail line to minimise adverse air quality and noise effects
  • Upgrades to the existing ‘Ebbsfleet’ roundabouts north of the A2 to provide a high capacity gyratory, which should reduce impacts on existing local communities and accommodate future traffic flows associated with Ebbsfleet Garden City
  • Entertainment Resort traffic will use a free flowing route from the A2 to the parking and drop off areas, minimising the possibility of queuing back on the A2

OPTION B

 

  • As with Option A, a new dedicated access route to the Entertainment Resort would be created that separates Entertainment Resort traffic from local traffic
  • Adjacent to the existing HS1 rail line to minimise adverse air quality and noise effects
  • Local traffic and Entertainment Resort traffic would use an improved A2 eastbound off-slip
  • A new “hamburger” layout roundabout (a roundabout with a road running through the centre) would separate Entertainment Resort traffic from local traffic and provide a through route for resort traffic to minimise the possibility of queuing back onto the A2

During construction, we have a unique opportunity to use the River Thames to bring construction materials onto site, which will further reduce pressure on the road network. As part of the proposals a construction haul route from the A2 will be delivered at the earliest opportunity in the construction phase.

Our work on transport is on-going and we are in regular discussions with key stakeholders such as Dartford Borough Council, Gravesham Borough Council, Kent County Council, Highways England, Natural England, The Environment Agency and Ebbsfleet Development Corporation.