Historic Crab and Winkle railway in Whitstable to see £150,000 spent on new cycle and footpath

Contributed by editor on Feb 19, 2017 - 03:20 PM

Canterbury City Council has agreed to allocate £150,000 of developer funding to a scheme to provide a walking and cycling path on part of the former Crab and Winkle railway in Whitstable.

The funding is from the developer of the former Huyck site and is sufficient to complete a 350 metre section of the path from Teynham Road to The Sidings.

Photo: N Chadwick

Ecological surveys have now started to ensure that the design respects the natural habitat as much as possible and mitigates against any adverse impacts on flora and fauna.

The design will minimise the number of trees and other vegetation that needs to be removed, both to protect natural habitats and also to provide a screen against overlooking.

Photo David Anstiss

Once the ecological surveys and any arising mitigation have been undertaken, ground clearance will be carried out and construction work can start towards the end of 2017.


The council will be working closely with the Crab and Winkle Line Trust, as the Trust obtained the planning permission and is the landowner for much of the land.

This project is part of a wider scheme to provide an attractive, traffic-free route for walking and cycling between Invicta Way and the harbour, which is listed in the council’s Transport Strategy.


Tyler Hill Tunnel entrance  Photo: N Chadwick


It is hoped it will provide a springboard for the Trust to fundraise to complete the remaining sections of the route, which includes bridges over Old Bridge Road and the railway and over Teynham Road.

Chairman of the council’s Regeneration and Property Committee, Cllr Ben Fitter-Harding, said: “Providing safe, dedicated walking and cycling routes encourages more people to leave the car at home, and of course there are significant health benefits to getting out on two feet or two wheels as well.”


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