Posted Monday, October 8, 2012 10:59 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Plans for a theme park in the Thames Estuary to rival Disneyland Paris have been unveiled. The £2bn development scheme for the Swanscombe Peninsula is set to be built on the brownfield site of what was once Europe's largest cement works. The proposed park is led by a consortium including French cement firm Lafarge, Britain's Development Securities and Canadian constructor Brookfield Multiplex. The trio has set up London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH) to bring a Paramount Pictures park to fruition.
Read more from Sky News.
Looks quite ambitious...
This is nearly on my doorstep.
From a planning point of view, there's no real issues as the whole area is classified as 'brownfield' - ground that has no scientific or ecological value and therefore ripe for redevelopment.
From a transport point of view, there would potentially be an alton towers-style headache if they don't get it right.... on one side are small local towns and roads, on the other they would need to build a dual carriageway in and out to meet up with the already congested Junction 1 of the M25 - add rush hour traffic into the mix, where it can take up to an hour to get round the junction because of queues for tolls, and there will be a problem. Of course, they could always build a tunnel or bridge across the Thames off the bottom of the A1089 dual carriageway that terminates on the direct opposite bank of the Thames in the Tilbury area, and has a direct link to the A13, M25 and therefore the whole country.
From a personal point of view, bring on the rollercoasters :)
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