Keep Maidstone Moving
The Keep Maidstone Moving schemes aim to reduce congestion and ease traffic movements at pinch point locations within Maidstone. Several key routes including the A20, A26, A229 and the A249 connect with the M20 within the borough, resulting in high volumes of traffic.
These schemes, identified in the Local Transport Plan 2016 to 2030 consider local developments and future growth in Maidstone. They have been designed to relieve congestion and provide the necessary capacity to keep Maidstone moving.
The work will be divided into three phases to help manage the disruption that will be caused by the work.
- A20 Coldharbour Roundabout. This will be delivered alongside the A20 Hall Road/London Road scheme
- Armstrong Road and Sheals Crescent
- Ashford Road and Willington Street
- Cripple Street and Boughton Lane
- Sutton Road and Willington Street
- Wheatsheaf junction
The Maidstone Integrated Transport Package (MITP) covers all the proposed schemes except for the A274 Sutton Road and Willington Street scheme.
The MITP is expected to cost £13.9 million, of which £8.9 million has been secured from from the Local Growth Fund obtained from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.
The remaining costs will be funded by Section 106 Developer Contributions from nearby housing developments. These payments ensure the impact of development on the road network is mitigated.
The A274 Sutton Road scheme is expected to cost £2.5 million. Section 106 contributions of £1.8 million have been secured from surrounding developments. We are working with Maidstone Borough Council to identify suitable funding for the remaining costs.
Maidstone is committed to providing over 18,500 new homes by 2031.
This range of junction improvement schemes across Maidstone is designed to accommodate the anticipated increase in demand, and to ease congestion at known traffic pinch points in order to keep the traffic flowing throughout the town.
The Keep Maidstone Moving consultation ran from 29 January to 11 March 2020. All of the consultation material and our final report is available to view on our Keep Maidstone Moving pages of our consultation directory.
For individual scheme updates please visit the specific scheme pages.
The government Growth Deal provides money to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, funding projects which drive Kent’s economic and business growth.