Along with the homes we’re proposing for Otterpool Park, we must consider how the residents (both new and existing) will get from A to B, how we will connect Otterpool Park with existing communities and we need to think about the impact of extra traffic on rural roads in the area.
We’ve been working with Kent County Council, Highways England and other transport operators to do this.
How will people get to the different areas of Otterpool Park?
This map gives an idea of what the new streets, cycle routes and paths might look like.
We want people to get around Otterpool Park and beyond easily and safely on foot, bike, bus and car, while minimising any impact on the existing roads and other routes.
We’ll be encouraging people at Otterpool Park to use their cars less, so we can help members of the community lead active lives and minimise air and noise pollution from traffic. Most homes will be within five minutes’ walk of bus stops or public transport hubs, and within ten minutes’ walk of a primary school, local shops and services. We’re also providing routes for walking and cycling at Otterpool Park and beyond – this will reduce local car trips.
We plan to:
- Create cycleways, paths and roads that allow easy access to the places people want to travel to (including work, shops and schools) – this will also connect communities surrounding Otterpool Park
- Upgrade existing routes to suit changing transport needs
- Build routes that meet the needs of mobility-impaired members of the community
- Improve station facilities at and access to Westenhanger Station and lobby for a potential high-speed train service to London
- Provide construction access during development to minimise disruption
This map shows how frequent public transport services could link different areas of Otterpool Park and beyond so people can easily reach facilities and services without using the car.
- Walking and cycling will take priority, with paths accessible, attractive and safe in all weathers. The bus network will have priority over private cars
- Buses will link Otterpool Park with surrounding towns and villages
- Footpaths and cycle routes will have two forms – 1) ‘Direct’ routes for commuters, providing fast and easy access, and 2) ‘Leisure’ routes, which are more rural and meandering, allowing people to enjoy the landscape
- Cycle parking and storage will be provided
- A network of car charging points for electric cars
- Car clubs and car sharing schemes
- Cycle training for the community
Upgrading the roads
Plans for Otterpool Park mean investment in new and existing roads on and around the site. The transport team has been modelling traffic movements to assess where improvements are needed.
Our studies show that Junction 11 can carry additional traffic with only minor improvements, and we will also be re-routing and changing the A20. This road will be upgraded to increase capacity near to Junction 11 and upgrades are being considered at the Newingreen junction and Otterpool Lane junction.
We plan to reduce speeds on some stretches of the A20, to make the area safer for walkers and cyclists and change its character to form more of an active street.
We are also looking at ways to reduce lorry traffic in the Barrow Hill and Sellindge area.