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The Thames Gateway Uncovered
In a series of special radio features, reporter Sally Dunk uncovers how much we really know about the Gateway, what the impact of all those new homes will be and whether the roads - and the environment - can handle the pressure.
Click on the audio links below to Listen to Sally's reports:
If someone says the words 'Thames Gateway' to you, what springs to mind? If you immediately think of thousands of new homes, new jobs, better transport and an improved local economy then well done, you've been doing your homework. If on the other hand, your mind goes blank, don't worry, you're not alone. Sally Dunk has been finding out who knows what about the project:
Designed for life? Waterstone Park
The Numbers Game
There's a lot of homes being build in the Thames Gateway - 160,000 to be precise. In Kent that includes Dartford and Gravesend, the Medway towns and Swale. It's part of the biggest regeneration project in western Europe and it's destined to change parts of the county forever. Sally Dunk looks at the possible impact:
Coming to a stop near you...
Keeping Us Moving
The Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Fastrack, the new Sheppey Bridge are all part of a transport revolution happening in Kent. In order to accommodate a massive housebuilding programme, the authorities are having to take an ever more imaginative approach to transport in the county. But will it be enough? Sally Dunk takes a look at whether we can avoid traffic gridlock:
Laying track at Ebbsfleet
Once, not so long ago, if you were even slightly 'green', you would have been labeled a hippy. Now terms such as global warming and carbon neutral are common currency. It's not surprising then that environmental issues are taking centre stage in the Thames Gateway. People want to know that the thousands of houses currently going up in Kent are not going to add to the climate crisis. Sally Dunk has been examining the issues:
last updated: 05/06/2008 at 10:59