Update February 2021

Thank you to everyone who took part in this consultation. A copy of the consultation report is available to view in the 'Summary of Results' section below. 

Your responses to the consultation have helped shape the design of these schemes. Below is a summary of the changes that have been made: 

Coldharbour Roundabout

  • Construction is due to start in May 2021.
  • You told us that more needed to be done in the area to tackle congestion. This scheme has been designed alongside the proposed junction improvement scheme at the South Aylesford Retail Park on the A20 London Road. The public consultation on this scheme runs from 3 February to 18 March 2021 and more information can be found at www.kent.gov.uk/a20londonroadaylesford.

A229 Loose Road Corridor

  • At the junction of Armstrong Road, we have increased the size of the centre island to provide more space for pedestrians.
  • At the Plains Avenue junction we have added a set of traffic signals for safer turning onto the A229 Loose Road. These will be linked to all the traffic signals on the corridor for better efficiency.
  • At the junction with A274 Sutton Road (Wheatsheaf junction), changes have been made to the layout to provide more capacity for vehicles in the central area and dedicated lanes for those travelling from the A274 to the A229.
  • A combination of both options one and two will be adopted for the landscaping at the Wheatsheaf junction to address the comments received for both.
  • At the junction with Cripple Street/Boughton Lane, we have reviewed the layout to address the safety concerns raised. As a result, the footway adjacent to the carriageway will be moved to the rear of the grass verge.
  • Works are due to start in summer 2021.

A20 Ashford Road junction with Willington Street

  • Further engagement has taken place with Maidstone Borough Council and other key stakeholders. The planning application for the relocation of the ragstone wall is due to be submitted in February 2021.
  • Minor amendments have been made to the original layout, which will give an increased capacity for vehicles travelling through the junction.
  • Works are not likely to be carried out until 2022 due to other works on the road network in the vicinity.

A274 Sutton Road junction with Willington Street

  • The footway, which had been proposed to be adjacent to the carriageway, has been moved to use Bell Meadow instead. This means the cherry trees can be retained. A more detailed proposal will be communicated to the local community in the next stages of the design.
  • Due to the number of other works being carried out in the area, it is unlikely this will commence until 2023.
We are consulting on six highway improvement schemes, which aim to reduce congestion, travel times and pollution across Maidstone. These are:
 
  • A20 Coldharbour Roundabout
  • A229 Loose Road Corridor:  Armstrong Road junction with Park Way (including Sheal’s Crescent)
  • A229 Loose Road Corridor:  The Wheatsheaf
  • A229 Loose Road Corridor:  Cripple Street junction with Boughton Lane
  • A20 Ashford Road junction with Willington Street
  • A274 Sutton Road junction with Willington Street

We are taking this opportunity to tell you about our proposals and to hear your views before the designs are finalised.

The Tudor Park Marriott Hotel

Date: Saturday 8 February 2020

Drop in from 10am to 1pm (formal presentation at 11am)

Address: Ashford Road, Bearsted ME14 4NQ

The Village Hotel

Date: Wednesday 12 February 2020

Drop in from 5:30pm to 8:30pm (formal presentation at 7pm)

Address: Castle View, Forstal Road, Maidstone ME14 3AQ

Sessions House

Date: Monday 17 February 2020

Drop in from 1pm to 7pm (formal presentation at 2 and 6pm)

Address: County Hall, County Road, Maidstone ME14 1XQ

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Timeline

  • Opened
    29 Jan 2020 at 10:00
  • Closed
    11 Mar 2020 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    17 Jul 2020

Details

Consulting Organisation Type
  • Kent County Council
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation
  • Maidstone
  • Tonbridge & Malling
Consultation Topic
  • General interest
  • Traffic, transport and roads
Consultation Methods
  • Online survey / questionnaire / forms
  • Other survey / questionnaire / forms
  • Community event
Contact Details

Email Major Capital Projects Team at kmmconsultation@kent.gov.uk
Please use the reference 'Keep Maidstone Moving Consultation' to identify the scheme.