Ashford's big projects - a new year roundup
A number of major projects are taking shape, with work now under way on McArthurGlen Ashford Designer Outlet, A28 Chart Road, and Ashford International improvements. Here's a roundup of all the latest developments.
Ashford Designer Outlet Expansion
Building work has begun on the at Ashford Designer Outlet’s £90million extension, its first since 2000, which will offer 50 new premium and luxury brands and create 500 further jobs across the centre.
The outlet’s popularity continues to grow, welcoming 3.6million guests every year – with increasing numbers of London visitors and European and international tourists.
Expansion work is due to be completed in autumn 2019.
Widening A28 Chart Road
Meanwhile, preparatory work for the widening of the A28 Chart Road has started, with some vegetation and trees needing to be cleared from the site.
Once this is completed, Kent County Council will then begin work on the £26million project to widen Chart Road between the Tank and Matalan roundabouts in March.
The widening is in preparation for the Chilmington Green development, which will see around 5,750 homes being built over the next 25 years.
Work has also begun on the new J10a on the M20 at Ashford, which will deliver extra road capacity to cater for the borough’s future needs.
International links at Ashford International
And at Ashford International, work continues on updating platforms to allow new international trains, including the e320 Eurostar, to stop in the borough.
The work is part of a £10m project being delivered by Network Rail and backed by Kent County Council and Ashford Borough Council, with funding coming from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund.
The improvement works will safeguard direct high-speed services to the continent from Ashford, with the first of Eurostar’s new e320 trains set to arrive from April.
The 'Big 8'
The borough has a rich heritage but is also embracing growth with its ambitious plans for the future. These projects form part of large-scale developments, called the 'Big 8'. Read more about Ashford's strategic projects.