A28 Chart Road improvement scheme

This scheme will see the existing stretch of the A28 Chart Road between the 'Tank' and 'Matalan' roundabouts widened into 2 lanes each way.

This scheme is an improvement of the existing road.

The scheme includes:

  • changing the A28 into 2 lanes each way between the 'Tank' and 'Matalan' roundabouts
  • improvement of the 'Tank' roundabout, 'Matalan' roundabout, Loudon Way junction and other intermediate side roads/accesses
  • using the existing railway bridge for the northbound carriageway with construction of a new railway bridge for the southbound carriageway
  • extensive landscaping proposals
  • traffic noise screening for residents
  • continuous shared footway and cycleways on both sides of the road
  • additional controlled crossings, for pedestrians and cyclists, at Loudon Way/Chart Road junction and Chart Road north of Matalan roundabout.

The £26.2m project has been secured by Kent County Council, with £10.2m from the Local Growth Fund obtained from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, and £16m match funding.

Scheme documents

The A28 is the main route serving the south and west side of Ashford. Improvements have already been made from the A28 'Tank' roundabout up to and including its connection with the M20 at Junction 9.

Southwards from the 'Tank' roundabout over the railway to the 'Matalan' roundabout the A28 is a single carriageway that has poor alignment over the railway and has regular congestion and unreliable journey times.

The scheme objectives are:

  • to provide improved capacity and safety
  • to relieve congestion and give improved and reliable journey times
  • to support local growth and developments including Chilmington Green.

Formal scheme approval was made by:

This scheme has been delayed until the developer is able to guarantee repayment of costs. House building will begin as expected.

Read more about the delays in our news release.

To give feedback about this scheme email chartroadmajorproject@kent.gov.uk.

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.