Both Coldharbour Roundabout and Hall Road schemes are due to commence construction in Summer 2022. The construction phase for both projects is 18 months.
This scheme will enlarge the roundabout to allow 3 lanes to go around the roundabout. The traffic signals are to be completely removed with give way lines to indicate entry to the roundabout. A new access is being provided from the northbound carriageway of Coldharbour Lane
The scheme is expected to improve capacity of the Coldharbour Roundabout by 60% in the morning peak period and 40% in the evening peak period.
A recent survey showed that the trees on the roundabout are not in good condition therefore we are working with local councillors on landscaping proposals, which will include a memorial feature for World War One.
Changes to the Coldharbour Roundabout were consulted on as part of the Keep Maidstone Moving schemes, designed to reduce congestion, travel times and pollution in Maidstone.
Due to their proximity, both the Coldharbour Roundabout scheme and Hall Road scheme will be combined and let as a single construction contract. The total cost of both schemes is £5.5million, with the LGF allocation funding £4.2million and Developer Contributions providing a further £1.3million.
Coldharbour Road is part of the wider Maidstone Integrated Transport Package. 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.
Considerable growth is planned in this area, including the 'Whitepost Fields' development, which will increase congestion between Maidstone and Ditton. Improvements are needed to the roundabout to reduce congestion, improve journey times and support the M20 smart motorway.
The scheme objectives are to improve:
- the efficiency of the roundabout thereby relieving congestion
- journey times and the reliability of journey times for those travelling through the roundabout
- air quality in the area
- access to the 20-20 Business Park and South Aylesford Retail Park
- the capacity on the road network to accommodate further development.
The approval to progress the scheme was taken by Kent County Council on 16 October 2019.
The decision by the SELEP Accountability Board to grant Local Growth Funding for the MITP was made on the 15 June 2018.
Both Coldharbour Roundabout and Hall Road schemes are due to commence construction in May 2021. The construction phase for both projects is 18 months and with completion forecasted for November 2022.
- outline design: completed
- detailed design: completed
- construction begins: spring/summer 2022
- project completed: winter 2023
The government Growth Deal provides money to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, funding projects which drive Kent’s economic and business growth.