Armstrong Road, Park Way and Sheal's Crescent

We are proposing improvements to 3 junctions along the A229, which are to the south of Maidstone town centre, this scheme, the Wheatsheaf junction and the junction of Cripple Street and Boughton Lane. Improvements are needed to reduce travel time along the A229 and prevent air quality from getting worse.

In addition the scheme may:

  • enable planned housing and employment growth
  • reduced use of unsuitable routes as rat-runs (cut throughs)
  • improve air quality.

Changes to the Loose Road corridor are being consulted on as part of the Keep Maidstone Moving schemes, designed to reduce congestion, travel times and pollution in Maidstone.

The proposals include:

  • travelling south on the A229, out of the town centre, add a new outside lane just for turning right into Armstrong Road
  • add a filter lane and remove the give way lines for traffic to flow freely into Sheals Crescent from town centre
  • from the junction with Armstrong Road / Park Way the lane would no longer widen into 2 when travelling north, towards the town centre, but remain as one lane to become the inside lane of Sheal’s Crescent
  • turning out of Park Way the current single lane will split into 2 lanes. The new inside lane would be marked for turning left on the A229.

Read the consultation document (PDF, 4.9 MB) to see the full details of the proposals including maps and plans, or come to one of our consultation events for more information.

Consultation events

We are holding 3 consultation events where you can drop in and talk to our team, and there will also be a presentation.

Date: Saturday 8 February
Time: Drop in from 10am to 1pm, presentation at 11am
Location: The Tudor Park Marriott Hotel, Ashford Road, Bearsted ME14 4NQ

Date: Wednesday 12 February
Time: Drop in from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, presentation at 7pm
Location: The Village Hotel, Castle View, Forstal Road, Maidstone ME14 3AQ

Date: Monday 17 February
Time: Drop in from 1pm to 7pm, presentation at 2pm and 6pm
Location: Sessions House, County Hall, County Road, Maidstone ME14 1XQ

Current timescales (dates are subject to change) are:

  • outline design - April 2018 to January 2019
  • detailed design - summer 2020
  • procurement - June to July 2020
  • contract award - November/December 2020
  • project begins - January/February 2021
  • project completed - winter 2021.

A public consultation is taking place between 29 January and 11 March 2020 to give you the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed scheme before the plans are finalised.

Take part in the Keep Maidstone Moving consultation.

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.