Latest on bid for rail stop

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Planning For The Future -

An up­date on a pro­posed rail­way plat­form for the Park Farm es­tate in Ash­ford is also due to be dis­cussed by coun­cil­lors.

A plan for a rail halt on the es­tate, which was orig­i­nally put for­ward in 2001, would see the con­struc­tion of a small rail­way plat­form on the Ash­ford to Hast­ings line.

It would im­prove trans­port links for the thou­sands of peo­ple liv­ing on the Kingsnorth es­tate.

The scheme was re­vis­ited in a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion in 2012 which looked at the re­main­ing un­de­vel­oped el­e­ments of Park Farm de­vel­op­ment.

A re­port ahead of the meet­ing says views on the pro­posed rail stop have been sought from Net­work Rail, the Depart­ment for Trans­port and South­ern Rail­ways.

Money would be pro­vided by Sec­tion 106 obli­ga­tions. The land for the rail halt is pro­tected from any other de­vel­op­ment un­til July 2021.

Cllr Jim Wedg­bury, Ash­ford ward mem­ber for Park Farm, said: “I think with a grow­ing town it is sen­si­ble to put a rail halt in. It will ben­e­fit the town, and the Out­let.

“The bus jour­ney from Park Farm takes about an hour - it goes all around the houses. It is quicker to walk! A sen­si­ble link that would take 10 min­utes, would be great for ev­ery­one.”

Park Farm es­tate could get a rail halt

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