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 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:

  • 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.

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 - 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 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.