Keep Maidstone Moving
Maidstone is the place where several key routes, A20, A26, A229 and A249, meet and connect with 4 junctions of the M20. The Keep Maidstone Moving schemes aim to reduce congestion, travel times and pollution.
We have planned several schemes that take into account local development and other future growth. They have been designed to relieve congestion and provide the necessary capacity to keep Maidstone moving.
The schemes have been identified in the Local Transport Plan 2016 - 2030, Growth without Gridlock. One of the key aspirations of the plan is 'to deliver safe and effective transport, ensuring that all Kent's communities and businesses benefit, the environment is enhanced and economic growth is supported'.
What we plan on doing
The work will be split into 3 phases to help manage the disruption that will be caused by the work. Find out more about the details of each phase.
Phase 2 - A229 Loose Road corridor, includes:
The consultation ran from 29 January to 11 March 2020. The consultation material is available to view on the Keep Maidstone Moving pages of our consultation directory.
Thank you to everyone who took part. We will publish the consultation report which will summarise the feedback received and our response in April 2020.
We will use your feedback to further develop the scheme designs, which will also be published here when finalised.
Cost of the schemes
The Maidstone integrated transport package (MITP) covers the funding for all the proposed schemes except the A274 Sutton Road and Willington Street scheme.
The MITP is expected to cost £13.9 million, £8.9 million of funding is from the government through the Local Growth Fund. The rest is through private sector Section 106 contributions from nearby housing developments, which they pay to help mitigate their impact on the roads.
The A274 Sutton Road scheme is expected to cost £2.5 million. Section 106 contributions of £1.8 million have been secured from surrounding developments. We are working with Maidstone Borough Council to identify suitable funding for the remaining costs.
The government Growth Deal provides money to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, funding projects which drive Kent’s economic and business growth.