Maidstone Bridges improvement scheme

This scheme has seen the construction of 2 additional northbound lanes on the eastern side of the River Medway, with new junctions controlled by traffic signals. Additional works will also improve nearby pedestrian areas.

The scheme involved the construction of 2 additional northbound lanes on the eastern side of the River Medway, with new junctions controlled by traffic signals.

We have also renewed directional signage and constructed re-aligned traffic islands.

Plans and drawings

View the design drawings (PDF, 331.5 KB)

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.

The scheme was funded by £4.6 million Local Growth Fund money provided by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, administered by Kent County Council, as well as £1.14 million from Maidstone Borough Council.

Formal decisions

The approval to progress the Maidstone Bridges improvement scheme was taken by Kent County Council on 14 January 2015.

The decision by the SELEP Accountability Board to grant Local Growth Funding for the Maidstone Bridges improvement scheme was made on the 20 March 2015.

The contract for the work was awarded to Jackson Civil Engineering.

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.