A28 Chart Road improvement scheme

These are the key dates for this scheme:

  • Completed detailed design – October 2017
  • Pre-construction public exhibitions – November/December 2017
  • Land acquisition  - January 2018
  • Vegetation clearance  - January/February 2018
  • Construction  - March 2018 to autumn 2019, subject to completion of land acquisition. Should KCC have to use its compulsory purchase powers, then the start of the scheme may be delayed until 2019.

Jackson Civil Engineering Ltd were appointed in February 2017 on a two stage Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) contract. The first stage is to support Kent County Council in the completion of the detailed design, with Jackson able to bring their extensive expertise to reduce some of the risks before the second stage construction phase. During July, August and September they will be undertaking additional site investigations to reduce further construction risks. These include trial holes to confirm ground conditions and position of utility apparatus, additional drainage surveys and ground investigations in the vicinity of the new railway bridge.

Discussions are ongoing about the voluntary acquisition of land required for the scheme but should voluntary acquisition not be possible and in order to safeguard the construction programme, a compulsory purchase order was published in May 2017.

If you would like to find out more about the current proposals and meet the project team, please come along to one of the exhibitions:

  • 19 July 2017 – Singleton Environment Centre – 4.30pm to 7pm
  • 20 July 2017 – Godinton Village Hall – 3.30pm to 6.30pm.

Read the latest A28 Chart Road newsletter (PDF, 742.3 KB).

The A28 is the main route serving the south and west side of Ashford. Improvements have already been made from the A28 'Tank' roundabout up to and including its connection with the M20 at Junction 9.

Southwards from the 'Tank' roundabout over the railway to the 'Matalan' roundabout the A28 is a single carriageway that has poor alignment over the railway and has regular congestion and unreliable journey times.

A proposal to change the A28 between the 'Tank' and 'Matalan' roundabouts into 2 lanes each way is being looked at again following the award of Local Growth Funding from the Department of Transport to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.

The scheme is an improvement of the existing road and it has been determined by the Planning Authority that it is permitted development and does not require planning approval.

The scheme includes:

  • changing the A28 into 2 lanes each way between the 'Tank' and 'Matalan' roundabouts
  • improvement of the 'Tank' roundabout, 'Matalan' roundabout, Loudon Way junction and other intermediate side roads/accesses
  • using the existing railway bridge for the northbound carriageway with construction of a new railway bridge to carry the southbound carriageway
  • extensive landscaping proposals
  • traffic noise screening for adjacent residents
  • provision of continuous shared footway/cycleways on both sides of the road
  • additional controlled crossings, for pedestrians and cyclists, at Loudon Way/Chart Road junction and Chart Road north of Matalan roundabout.

Scheme documents

Compulsory purchase order

The scheme objectives are:

  • to provide improved capacity and safety
  • to relieve congestion and give improved and reliable journey times
  • to support local growth and developments including Chilmington Green.

To give feedback about this scheme, please email us at chartroadmajorproject@kent.gov.uk.

Public exhibitions

If you would like to find out more about the current proposals and meet the project team, please come along to one of the exhibitions:

  • 19 July 2017 – Singleton Environment Centre – 4.30pm to 7pm
  • 20 July 2017 – Godinton Village Hall – 3.30pm to 6.30pm.