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VolkerFitzpatrick to construct £34m viaduct in Canterbury

VolkerFitzpatrick has been appointed to design and build a much-needed highway crossing over a rail line and river in Kent on behalf of Kent County Council (KCC). The £34m Sturry Link Road project, funded via the Local Growth Fund, will divert traffic away from the existing level crossing, one of Kent’s most heavily congested areas. As well as reducing congestion, the link road will support new housing of over 16,000 homes in the area.

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VolkerFitzpatrick is constructing a 550-metre-long road, with a 250-metre viaduct set to be built over the Great Stour River, the river’s flood plain, and the railway line from Canterbury to Ramsgate. The viaduct will be supported by a 5-span structure, with the longest span distance being 56 metres apart.

As well as the construction of a new bridge which includes a dedicated bus lane and multi-user footway, VolkerFitzpatrick will be delivering a new roundabout and approach roads to connect to the bridge. The installation of pedestrian crossing points, new street lighting, environmental mitigation works, drainage and ponds will also be included in the project.

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Deon Scholtz, Divisional Director - Infrastructure, VolkerFitzpatrick, said: "We are delighted to have been appointed by Kent Council Council to deliver the new Sturry Link Road. This project underscores our unwavering dedication to alleviating congestion and enhancing local infrastructure for the benefit of local communities. Our meticulous planning and steadfast commitment are laying the foundation for a more vibrant and connected future between Canterbury and Sturry."

KCC’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Neil Baker said: “I am pleased we are now in a position that we are able to move forward with our work towards the Sturry Link Road.


“The new route will allow traffic to avoid the level crossing and support planned development, while helping to keep this part of Kent moving safely.”

VolkerFitzpatrick is working closely with Kent County Council to ensure the A28 will remain open for most of the duration of the project. To further help minimise disruption and time spent on site, the new roundabout is being built offline and will be installed towards the end of the project.

VolkerFitzpatrick will provide employment and apprenticeship opportunities. As well as working with supply chain contractors from the surrounding area, they are engaging with local educational establishments, including The King's School, reputedly the oldest school in the world. They are also working collaboratively with several VolkerWessels UK business units including VolkerGround Engineering and VolkerHighways.

Construction is scheduled to commence next year and is expected to span 93 weeks, concluding in Winter 2026.