A249 Bearsted Road improvement scheme

The proposed scheme aims to accommodate increased traffic volume by signalising the A249 Bearsted Road roundabout and enlarging the New Cut Road roundabout, whilst widening between the two.  Additional smart technology will help ease congestion and improve traffic flow.

The scheme will include the:

  • upgrading of two junctions on the A249 Bearsted Road and New Cut Road
  • widening the road between the two junctions
  • accommodating increased traffic volumes
  • supporting local development
  • easing congestion
  • improving traffic flow and journey time reliability.

Scheme documents

A249 Bearsted Road improvement scheme plans including maps and imagery (PDF, 3.1 MB)

Traffic capacity modelling carried out in support of the planning application indicates that there is too much traffic on the current highway, with this forecast to worsen towards the end of the horizon assessment year (2031), as substantial commercial development associated with the Kent Medical Campus and significant housing sites to the south of Maidstone are delivered.

Additionally Highways England improvements scheduled for M2 Junction 5 under the Road Investment Strategy are likely to lead to further congestion at the M20 Junction 7 and A249 Bearsted Road

All dates below are subject to change.

  • outline design - January to July 2018
  • detailed design - August to December 2018
  • procurement – February to April 2019
  • contract award – May 2019
  • project begins – Summer 2019
  • project completion - Autumn 2020

To contact us or for further information about this scheme email bearstedroad.majorproject@kent.gov.uk.

If you were unable to attend one of our briefing sessions, please download the presentation shown to attendees (PDF, 2.2 MB).