New community - new connections
Peters Village and its 1,000 new homes should be ‘well-connected’ from the start, through proposals for enhanced bus services.
• a Medway east to west bank service using the new Medway bridge - part of the Peters Village project - linking with peak hour fast trains to London via Snodland station
• better connections with employment and shopping offered by the Medway Towns and Maidstone
• the scheme’s potential to lure people away from car use.
The Residential Travel Plan (RTP) was commissioned by Peters Village developer, Trenport Investments, for county council consultations.
It will encourage walking, cycling, and car share to drive down ‘single occupant’ car journeys, but the RTP also reﬂ ects an evolving transport landscape.
Trenport Director Chris Hall explained: “The transport picture for Peters Village changed while the project was on hold from 2006 until we started onsite last year, so had to be taken into account.
“There is, for instance, less demand for links with Kings Hill and West Malling: employment options in the former have scaled down, while the latter no longer has the fastest train services into London locally – east bank residents will now look to Snodland and the Medway Towns for the best rail access into the capital.
“The key issue remaining is how existing services can be extended or re-routed, with congestion from street parking on Wouldham High Street and current bus use heading the agenda; both factors have been taken on board in our discussions with KCC and Arriva.”