To help deliver sustainable communities, the development and construction industry needs access to the all-important building materials that are as close to its sites as possible, and the new tunnel opens up another 25 years of quarrying here in Kent.
Designed and constructed by the Gallagher team, the tunnel is 100m long by 16m wide and 15m high and took nine months to complete.
It means Hermitage Quarry can continue to produce high quality Kentish Ragstone, and more than 70 different products including primary aggregates, recycled aggregates, ready mix concrete, soils and block stone for new build and heritage projects.
The quarry, close to the M20, will also continue to provide employment for hundreds of local people and the tunnel will enable local residents and riders to enjoy an established by-way and footpath.
Recognising the importance of the quarry, and Gallagher Group to the local economy, the tunnel was opened by Cllr Mark Dance, KCC’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration, who joined the group’s Chairman Pat Gallagher at the ceremony.