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Maidstone Bridges Gyratory Improvement Scheme

Investment to improve traffic flow around Maidstone

The Maidstone Gyratory is a recognised congestion and air quality hot-spot within Maidstone Town Centre, lying at the point where the A20, A26, A229 and A249 primary routes converge and cross the River Medway. Kent County Council & Maidstone Borough Council were successful in securing £4.6m of funding from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership for the delivery of the scheme, with Maidstone Borough Council contributing an additional £1.14m New Homes Bonus to the pot.

The widening scheme involves the construction of two additional northbound lanes on the eastern side of the River Medway, with new junctions controlled by traffic signals. This will enable northbound traffic on the A229 to avoid the existing gyratory system, thereby reducing travel times.

Outside of the main highways works, the project also includes the following:

  • Closure of both subways at the bottom of Maidstone High Street;
  • Redesign of surface level crossings;
  • Tree planting and associated landscaping;
  • New signage for pedestrians and cyclists;
  • Improvements to the drainage and aesthetics of Broadway subway;
  • Fitting of a flood gate on Medway Street subway to be used during times of flood.

It is recognised that this scheme will have a significant impact on the local area and we are working with local business owners to try and minimise disruption.

Key dates:

  • June 6: Work started
  • June 2016 - March 2017: Construction period

Work on paving the lower High Street area is currently scheduled to continue until mid-January, due to a delay in sourcing granite slabs which will be used. However, the main works are still scheduled to be completed around mid-November. All traffic management will be removed from the road by this time and the new lanes will be fully operational. Pedestrian access will also be maintained.

If you have any questions about the scheme email maidstone.gyratory@kent.gov.uk or call the Public Liaison Officer on 07970 358089.