Crab & Winkle Way Extension

Map of extension
Proposed route (yellow-red dashed) of the Crab and Winkle Way Extension
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Route

Follows the original route of the Crab & Winkle line, with new bridges (artist impression) across the railway line and Teynham and Old Bridge Roads in Whitstable, down behind Clare and Station Roads, through to Harbour Street and the sea.

The proposed route is about km long.

Rationale

Will link the existing Crab & Winkle Way with the coast and with the proposed Oyster Bay coastal trail.

Maps

History

Funding, sponsors and supporters

What the CCC Walking and Cycling Strategy document (2003) said

Crab and Winkle Extension from Old Bridge Road to Westgate Terrace --- Plan Reference No J

This route would provide a more direct route for NCR 1 to the Whitstable Coastal route and be on the original path of the Crab and Winkle Line. The route is dependent on land acquisition and the construction of three bridges.

The existing NCR 1 leaves the railway embankment at All Saints Close. However the cycle path could be continued on the KCC owned embankment up to Bridge Approach.

Bridge links would then be required across: Bridge Approach, the mainline railway and Teynham Road.

From Teynham Road, land acquisition would be required for a section of embankment at the rear of properties in Clare Road and Station Road. This would lead directly onto the Station Road residential development which has outline Planning Permission. The route would continue through the development on carriageway, into Station Road,Cromwell Road and Westgate Terrace and link with the coastal route at Harbour Street.

From section 8.5.1 of the Canterbury Walking and Cycling Strategy (2003)

Present state of the route

"The area is currently under-managed with signs of various amounts of fly-tipped waste throughout the site. It is also becoming over-run by invasive scrub and brambles, with trees being swamped by ivy coverage and bind weed." [Quoted in supplementary report submitted with the planning application]

These photos show representative sections of the proposed route and these photos show the sites of the proposed new bridges.

Next move

Kent Highways Services, in liaison with Canterbury City Council and British Rail, will begin detailed planning of the overall Crab and Winkle Way extension.

Latest news

The Spokes blog carries the latest news for this route.