Maidstone Bridges improvement scheme

We opened the new northbound lanes to traffic travelling from Bishops Way towards the M20 via Fairmeadow at the beginning of December 2016. Drivers travelling towards Chatham will need to be in the centre and outside lanes on Bishops Way. There are also additional traffic signals on the route that drivers need to be aware of.

Whilst drivers and pedestrians get used to the new layout, we will be assessing traffic and optimising the traffic signals to ensure that they deliver the maximum benefit. Please bear this in mind during this initial period as any improvements may not be instant.

Signs are in place to advise motorists of the new layout.

Work on paving the lower High Street area is ongoing.

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Read the Maidstone Bridges improvement scheme newsletter (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Listen to a recent radio interview about the scheme, given to the Kent Messenger.

The Maidstone Gyratory is a recognised congestion and air quality hotspot within Maidstone Town Centre. It is located at the point where the A20, A26, A229 and A249 primary routes meet and cross the River Medway.

These changes will help northbound traffic on the A229 to avoid the existing gyratory system. This should reduce journey distances and travel times and help the regeneration of the western riverside.

We have been in regular contact with local businesses and community groups to understand their requirements.

To give feedback about this scheme, email us at

The scheme will be supported by the South East Local Growth Fund and £1.14 million from Maidstone Borough Council.

The contract for the work has been awarded to Jackson Civil Engineering.