Local transport capital funding 2018/19

In the Budget 2018 the government allocated £420 million in 2018/19 for local highways maintenance. This included £12.091 million for Kent County Council.

During 2018/19, the following work was delivered to improve Kent’s highway network, reduce potholes and reduce congestion.

Road reconstruction projects

We experienced a significant increase in the number of structural failures during the year, which required sections of carriageways to be reconstructed to make sure they could continue to be used.

This vital reactive work was unfunded, and would otherwise have caused delays in planned maintenance schemes. The road reconstruction schemes delivered were:

  • Albion Street, Broadstairs
  • Belvedere Road, Broadstairs
  • Nixon Avenue, Broadstairs
  • Percy Road, Broadstairs
  • Sandgate Road, Folkestone
  • Warren Road, Folkestone
  • Botolphs Bridge, Hythe
  • A20 Ashford Road, Maidstone
  • A26 Tonbridge Road, Maidstone
  • Allington Way, Maidstone
  • Broomshaw Road, Maidstone
  • Provender Way, Maidstone
  • Churchfields, Margate
  • St James Road, Margate
  • Grange Road, Ramsgate
  • Canterbury Road, Sittingbourne
  • Millfield Close, Sittingbourne
  • Swanton Street, Sittingbourne
  • The Forum, Sittingbourne
  • Oak Lane, Upchurch
  • Bayham Road, Tunbridge Wells.

Pothole Blitz

In 2018/2019, Kent delivered a Pothole Blitz campaign that included:

  • over 5,000 individual pothole repairs
  • 300 cubic metres of jet patching repairs
  • 367,786 square metres of large patching repairs.

This also included the resurfacing of 8 end-of-life sections of roads:

  • A228 Maidstone Road, Colts Hill
  • Tonbridge Road, East Peckham
  • B2026 Station Road, Edenbridge
  • A225 Otford Road, Sevenoaks
  • Birling Road, Snodland
  • The Ridgeway, Tonbridge
  • A26 St Johns Road, Tunbridge Wells
  • St. Leonard Street, West Malling.

Kent’s Pothole Blitz campaign has seen a significant shift from individual pothole repairs to larger patching repairs, so investment delivers longer term improvements to the road network.

Using machine laid materials on our roads allows us to deliver higher quality repairs and maintain a smoother road surface to minimise the short to medium term deterioration caused by excess water and traffic.

We have also worked closely with our drainage team so that Pothole Blitz sites have effective, well maintained drainage systems.

Drainage improvements

During periods of exceptional heavy rainfall, several roads in The Pantiles area of Tunbridge Wells experienced severe flooding.

Due to the existing joint sewer/highway drainage system not having sufficient capacity for the increased rainfall, we installed a new drainage system in Nevill Street, Tunbridge Wells. We increased drainage capacity by diverting rainwater from going into the existing sewer connect into the River Grom. This vital reactive work was unfunded, and would otherwise have caused delays in planned maintenance schemes.