Ashford Road junction with Willington Street

Willington Street in Maidstone gets very congested, especially at peak times. New homes and jobs will increase congestion, and could encourage drivers to use minor roads and indirect routes. The improvements are needed to improve road safety, traffic flow and journey times. Other benefits may include reduced congestion and improved air quality.

Changes to the Ashford Road junction with Willington Street were consulted on as part of the Keep Maidstone Moving schemes, designed to reduce congestion, travel times and pollution in Maidstone.

The proposals include:

  • upgrade the traffic lights to include a pedestrian crossing
  • travelling east along Ashford Road, the lane would widen further back from the junction. There would be a new lane for turning into Willington Street
  • create a new give way lane for turning left into Ashford Road from Willington Street, by removing the traffic signal control
  • rebuild the current ragstone boundary wall of Mote Park so it is 4 metres closer to the park
  • remove some small trees, which will be replaced nearby.

You can view the consultation material, including the consultation document and plans on the Keep Maidstone Moving pages of our consultation directory.

Current timescales (dates are subject to change) are:

  • outline design - June 2017 to January 2019
  • detailed design - early 2021
  • procurement - October to December 2021
  • contract award - January/February 2022
  • project begins - spring 2022
  • project completed - spring 2023.

A public consultation took 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.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the consultation. Feedback from the consultation is being used to further develop the scheme design, which will be made available, alongside the consultation report on this website.

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.