Multimillion-pound project to connect Northfleet

A new bridge is to be developed in Northfleet as part of a 3.4 million package of improvements to pedestrian and cycle links around the area, it has been announced.

The Church Path Pit bridge, a caged structure 60ft off the ground, will be replaced with a modern, wider bridge

The improvements will include a new bridge at Church Path Pit, along with new routes from Northfleet to Ebbsfleet International station and improved paths from Granby Road to the riverside.

“A well-connected garden city is vital to its success and with our programme of improvements, approved by government, we will start to see the real signs of how we will connect existing and new communities,” said Paul Spooner, interim chief executive of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation.

The Church Path Pit bridge, currently a caged structure 60ft off the ground, linking residents from The Seven Avenues to Northfleet High Street, will be replaced with a modern, wider bridge. The development corporation has announced it will seek the public’s ideas for design.

“That bridge is a lifeline to many but in its current state can be a daunting experience for local people,” said Gary May, director of No Walls Gardens, a Northfleet community interest company which has carried out work to improve the routes either side of the bridge.

“To have it replaced will be fantastic and for the community to have their say on how it could look is an added bonus." 

It is the second new bridge to be approved for the area.

In July, a £12 million pedestrian and vehicle bridge was given the go-ahead, linking Springhead Park with Ebbsfleet International station. 

The multimillion-pound package recently approved also includes resurfacing Granby Road and improving it with lighting.