Technical details
Kent County Council

2019 – 2021

Infrastructure Engineering, Environmental Services, Traffic Modelling
Swale, Kent, England
Geotechnical Studies, Traffic Modelling; Highway Design, Ecology, Landscape, Sustainable Development Assessment & Solutions
Sustainable Transport

driving sustainability through enhancing highways

SYSTRA was commissioned by Kent County Council to carry out some detailed ecological assessments of two proposed highways Junction improvements near the busy town of Sittingbourne in Kent.

Our Development and Infrastructure team, Environmental Services team and Geotechnical team have been developing two significant highway schemes on the A249 in Kent for Kent County Council. The Key Street and Grovehurst Junction schemes will look to reduce congestion on the A249, improve pedestrian and cycle facilities and support further development, housing and economic growth in the area.

A249 Grovehurst Interchange Body Image

CO2 Emissions insight

SYSTRA’s commission was initially to provide optioneering design services for both major grade-separated junctions as well as supporting the business case development to secure £38m of Housing Infrastructure Funding (HIF) for scheme constriction.

Having completed these elements successfully, SYSTRA has progressed the outline designs for both junctions which were issued last year. This involved:

  • Outline highway design including pedestrian and cyclist facilities;
  • Civils 3D Highway design modelling; 
  • Outline structure design; 
  • Drainage and flood risk design; 
  • Geotechnical studies; 
  • Traffic modelling; 
  • Walking, Cycling & Horse-Riding Assessments
  • Environmental scoping, screening & surveys; 
  • Lighting design; 
  • Stakeholder engagement and public consultation
Govehurst hibernacula reptile relocation

As part of our Environmental Services remit, SYSTRA created a hibernacula at the Iwade Nature Park in Kent which was our reptile receptor site.