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Why Gravesham?

Last updated on: 16-Oct-2020

6. Infrastructure projects

Sustainable transport

Fastrack

Fastrack is an award winning high quality bus-based Rapid Transport System serving Gravesend and Dartford. Running largely on segregated 'track' and having priority over normal traffic, Fastrack offers a fast, reliable service to its users. The use of a bus system gives the permanence and convenience of a tram system but provides the flexibility to alter and add services quickly and efficiently.

Current services run between Gravesend and Dartford Town Centre via Northfleet, Ebbsfleet International, Swanscombe, Bluewater and Darent Valley Hospital. Technology enables passengers to access real time Fastrack times as well as providing access to wider traffic and travel information.

Fastrack is central to the planning of new developments in the area, where segregated routes will be delivered alongside residential and commercial developments.  Where possible in new schemes Fastrack will form the spine of the new communities, reducing the reliance on the private car. As new communities are created new Fastrack routes will serve to connect them to existing communities and amenities.

Gravesend Town Centre Station improvements

The town's High Speed 1 link was further boosted in December 2013 with a £19m upgrade to Gravesend Railway Station with extra platforms, lifts, footbridge and step free access to platforms which will enable future 12-car High Speed 1 trains.

Gravesend Train Station 

Roads

As part of the Government's commitment to growth in Gravesham a £122 million pound road widening project has provided significant improvements on the Bean to Cobham stretch of the A2, reducing congestion and improving Gravesham's connectivity to the M25 and London.

Community Facilities

Cyclopark

Cyclopark, Kent's new activity venue, offers first class cycling, running and extreme sports facilities to North Kent. It opened in 2012 as part of the Olympic Legacy and Kent Cyclopark is now one of the leading multi-sport centres in the south of England and the largest cycle sports park in Europe. Just south of Gravesend, within easy access of the M25, A2 and Ebbsfleet International, Cyclopark provides a hub for  local community sports, and hosts regional and national events such the BMX British Championships.

Cyclopark is set within 43 hectares of landscaped parkland and has a 340m BMX racetrack, a skate park, a 6km mountain bike trail and a 2.9km circuit track for cycling, and running. The Cyclopark's pavilion offers visitors a Cycle Shop, Health Suite and large café, and attracts more than 110,000 visitors every year. Cyclopark is an ideal location for business meetings, conferences and corporate team events

For more information visit the Cyclopark website.  

Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara

As the largest single site Sikh complex in Europe, the magnificent Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara, the new place of worship for the sizeable Sikh community who live in Gravesend, is receiving much praise and interest. A place grand in scale, accommodating 1,200 worshippers, it is accomplished in its detail, with hand crafted marble, stonework, colourful tiling and stained glass windows. Arrangements are in place to receive visitors for regular worship, festivals and weddings and to greet school parties and other groups.

Old Town Hall

A significant building in Gravesend since the 16th century, the Grade II listed Old Town Hall has undergone a £2.3 million refurbishment to provide space for community and business activities and events.

Eastgate Community Building

A new £4 million multi -purpose community building incorporating North Kent Community Church and community and business venue space opened in 2013 at Springhead Park.

The Woodville

We are continuing to make improvements to our entertainment centre, The Woodville, with the most recent enhancement being to the Paul Greengrass Cinema which now boasts 3D capability and Dolby 7.1 sound system. These digital enhancements have enabled the screening of new release blockbusters movies alongside live broadcasts, such as from the National Theatre.

Further enhancements over recent months have also been made possible through sponsorship deals with local businesses and include to the lower studio space which is used frequently used for the Comedy Club or smaller performances, and to the outdoor space at the rear of the Kent Bar, which is now transformed to a 'secret garden' – the perfect outdoor space to enjoy a drink on a fair weather day.

The Woodville continues to host a full programme of entertainment to cater for everyone and ranges from popular children's shows to a raft of nationally and internationally recognised stars of screen and stage. For more information about the venue and event programme visit The Woodville website.

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