Issue details

19/00053 - Dover Rapid Transport



To enter into a legal agreement with Dover District Council to act as an infrastructure delivery partner at no cost or risk to the County Council and to take the project through detail design, planning, statutory approvals and to enter into a construction contract. Specifically for the Cabinet Member forHighways, Planning, Transport and Waste to agree:



(a)  Approval to enter into legal agreements with Dover District Council to undertake the delivery of the Infrastructure Works at no cost or risk to the County Council.


(b)  Approval for KCC officers to project manage, input into the delivery and supervision of the project, with the cost of all staff and consultant time being recoverable against the project funding.


(c)  Approval to undertake the detailed design and surveys for the project, to include a new bridge crossing the A2,  associated approaches to link to existing/proposed highway, a new link road through the undeveloped White Cliffs Business Park,  improvements to the existing Dover Road and links/improvements for the junction onto the existing A258. This work will be undertaken by procuring consultants through an existing framework contract.


(d)  Approval to acquire the land and rights for carrying out the construction and maintenance of the BRT project


(e)  Approval to progress all statutory approvals and consents required for the scheme including Section 6 Agreement with Highways England, drainage and environmental consents and detailed planning permission.


(f)   Approval to enter into construction contracts as necessary for the delivery of the scheme subject to the approval of the Infrastructure Commissioning Board to the recommended procurement strategy.


(g)  Approval for any further decisions required to allow the scheme to proceed through to delivery to be taken by the Corporate Director of Growth, Environment & Transport under the Officer Scheme of Delegations following prior consultation with the Cabinet Member.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure or savings of more than £1m;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Division affected: Dover North; Dover Town; Dover West;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 01/07/2019

Decision due: Not before 30th Jul 2019 by Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transport and Waste
Reason: In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days in accoradnce to statutory requirement

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transport and Waste

Lead director: Simon Jones

Department: Growth, Environment & Transport

Contact: Barry Stiff, Project Manager, Major Projects 03000 419377 Email: Tel: 03000 419377.


The proposed decision was considered and endorsed at the Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee on 16 July 2019.

Financial implications: The overall estimated cost of the project is £16.1m and this is being fully funded from a funding allocation through the Housing Infrastructure Fund following a successful funding bid from Dover District Council. The funding is being drawn down quarterly by DDC directly from HE and KCC will invoice DDC on a monthly basis. DDC have accepted that for KCC to provide the resources to deliver the BRT scheme there will be no financial cost and no risk to KCC – covering these aspects and ensuring KCC is not exposed to financial risk will be key aspects of the Agreement with DDC.

Legal implications: There are no legal implications associated with this scheme. Invicta Law will draft the legal agreement to be completed with DDC

Equalities implications: EQIA Assessment to be carried out and included with the Committee report.


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