Cripple Street and Boughton Lane

We are proposing improvements to 3 junctions along the A229, which are to the south of Maidstone town centre, this scheme, Armstrong Road, Park Way and Sheal's Crescent, and the Wheatsheaf junction. 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:

  • improve the junction of the A229 Loose Road with Cripple Street and Boughton Lane
  • widen the approaches to the junction from the south on the Loose Road with right turn filter lanes
  • widen the exit for southbound traffic on the Loose Road to 2 lanes until the ambulance station.

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 2018 to May 2019
  • detailed design - June 2019 to April 2020
  • procurement - February to March 2020
  • contract award - summer 2020
  • project begins - summer 2020
  • project completed - spring 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.