About Dover Fastrack
A real alternative to the car for local journeys
Dover Fastrack is a proposed rapid bus transit (formerly known as the Bus Rapid Transit, BRT) system connecting Whitfield with Dover town centre and Dover Priory railway station.
Fastrack buses will have priority on the proposed express route which will include a new bus, cycle and pedestrian-only bridge across the A2 at Whitfield, and a new link road from the B&Q roundabout in Whitfield to Dover Road at Guston. The junction with Dover Road will be for buses and bicycles only.
Fastrack will provide a reliable, high-quality bus service. The frequency of the service will increase in line with the managed expansion of Whitfield.
Dover Fastrack also creates an effective transport interchange with Southeastern train services. The timetable will make it easy to access High Speed train services from Dover Priory railway station, ideal for commuting and business trips to and from London. It will also provide a quick and easy way to reach the town centre and Dover Castle.
It will be good for the environment too, helping the Council to meet its ambition to see the district become carbon neutral by 2050. Dover Fastrack will provide a real alternative to the car for local journeys.
Dover Fastrack is backed by central government with £16.1m from a funding programme designed to help stimulate new housing development. DDC was awarded the grant by Homes England and is working in partnership with Kent County Council as the Highways Authority.
Highways England have also been involved in the development of the proposed Fastrack route.
Dover is the county's second Fastrack service, building on the success of the Kent Thameside service in Dartford and Gravesham.
Better connecting a growing community
Dover Fastrack is a key part of the managed expansion of Whitfield as a place to live and work.
Dover Fastrack supports the sustainable development of new housing in Whitfield and at the former Connaught Barracks site, along with commercial development on the White Cliffs Business Park in Whitfield.
The Whitfield Urban Expansion was established in principal in the Council’s Core Strategy adopted in 2010, along with the redevelopment of the former Connaught Barracks site in Dover.
We are currently reviewing the Local Plan for the next twenty years to 2040. This will confirm our ongoing commitment to developing new homes, infrastructure and employment space in Whitfield.
Construction is also underway on 60 new homes on the former Officer’s Mess site at Connaught Barracks.
The Council is currently considering a planning application for up to 300 new homes on the main Connaught Barracks site. This site is owned by Homes England, the government’s housing accelerator.
The new infrastructure will connect new housing in Whitfield with the recently constructed Dover District Leisure Centre. The wider route will pass through Market Square in the town centre, which is due to be redesigned soon.
Timetable for development
Kent County Council, as the highways authority, is currently considering the planning application for the development of the Fastrack route (planning reference KCC/DO/0178/2020).
The planning application includes a new bus, cycle and pedestrian-only bridge across the A2 at Whitfield, and a new link road from the B&Q roundabout in Whitfield to Dover Road at Guston.
A decision on the application is expected in December 2020. Following further detailed design work, construction is expected to start mid 2021. Construction will take 18 months.
Access to the bus, cycle and pedestrian only sections of the route will be managed using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology, to ensure reliable bus journey times.
What you said about the plans
Over 250 people responded to our engagement survey which took place during the pandemic. This may have had an effect on how people responded to some questions.
- 55% said Dover Fastrack would provide an effective public transport link
- 35% don't currently use a local bus service
- 41% said they were likely or very likely to use Dover Fastrack
- 60% said Dover Fastrack had the right number of bus stops
Other issues raised by respondents included the cost of the project, details of the proposed cycle and foot paths, suggested bus stops, and visual/landscape impact.
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