Ashford Road junction with Willington Street

This scheme will improve congestion and road safety at the A20 Ashford Road and Willington Street junction by redesigning the junction, smoothing traffic flow and reducing failure to stop at traffic lights.

The changes to this junction will include:

  • an upgrade to the traffic lights to include a pedestrian crossing
  • the creation of a new give way lane for turning left into Ashford Road from Willington Street, by removing the traffic signal control
  • the creation of a new lane for turning into Willington Street for vehicles travelling east on Ashford Road. The lane will also widen further back from the junction.
  • a rebuild of the current ragstone boundary wall of Mote Park so it is 4 metres closer to the park.

Changes to this junction were consulted on as part of the Keep Maidstone Moving schemes, designed to reduce congestion, travel times and pollution in Maidstone.

Changes to this junction were consulted on as part of the Keep Maidstone Moving schemes, designed to reduce congestion, travel times and pollution in Maidstone.

Scheme costs

This scheme is a £1.146 million project to be delivered following Phase 2 of the Keep Maidstone Moving schemes. The improvements are funded through the Maidstone Integrated Transport Package (MITP).

The MITP is a wider package of highway schemes expected to cost £13.9 million in total, of which £8.9 million has been secured 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.

Willington Street in Maidstone gets significantly congested, especially at peak times. New homes and jobs will increase congestion and could encourage drivers to use unsuitable minor roads and indirect routes.

These improvements will improve road safety, traffic flow and journey times across the junction.

Scheme objectives

The key objectives for this scheme are to:

  • improve the efficiency of the junction thereby reducing congestion
  • improve journey times and the reliability of journey times
  • improve road safety
  • increase capacity on the network to better accommodate further development
  • improve air quality.

Formal decision

The decision by the SELEP Accountability Board to grant Local Growth Funding for the Maidstone Integrated Transport Package (MITP) was made on 12 April 2019.

The detailed design for this scheme has been completed. However, due to other pressures on the network and the uncertainty of the impact of the EU transition, this project will be delivered at the end of the programme.

Construction will therefore start in 2022, with a construction phase of approximately 6 months.

This scheme will fully complete the Maidstone Integrated Transport Package (MITP) programme in early 2023. However, this date will continue to be reviewed, and if an opportunity to deliver at an early stage is identified, works may be brought forward.

Current timescales (dates are subject to change) are:

  • outline design - June 2017 to January 2019
  • detailed design - early 2021
  • procurement - October to December 2021
  • contract award - January/February 2022
  • project begins - spring 2022
  • project completed - spring 2023.

Funded by

The government Growth Deal provides money to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, funding projects which drive Kent’s economic and business growth.