Wheatsheaf junction

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 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 were consulted on as part of the Keep Maidstone Moving schemes, designed to reduce congestion, travel times and pollution in Maidstone.

The proposals include:

  • demolish the Wheatsheaf public house, the space will be used for the improvements and for a landscaped area
  • improve the junction of the A229 Loose Road with A274 Sutton Road to a reconfigured signalised junction
  • widen the approaches to the junction
  • close Cranbourne Avenue to create a child-friendly cul de sac.

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 2018 to May 2019
  • detailed design - June 2019 to April 2020
  • procurement - April to June 2020
  • contract award - summer 2020
  • project begins - summer 2020
  • project completed - spring 2021.

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.