There was never any doubt that this set of roadworks at this particularly difficult and narrow part of the London Road was going to present a real problem with traffic control.
There was never any doubt that this set of roadworks at this particularly difficult and narrow part of the London Road was going to present a real problem with traffic control, once works were needed to reconfigure the cross-roads necessary to service the new development at The Orchards and in Beaver Road. So it has proved, in spite of the detailed instructions issued by Kent Highways to the contractors.
It started badly when the contractors initially installed the traffic lights on an automated timed system without manual control. Dan Daley, as local County Councillor, went straight to the Director of Kent Highways and this was rectified within 24 hours. Manual controls are now in and the traffic is being better managed and monitored; spotters at the 20/20 roundabout and the Poplar Grove/Grace Avenue junction are reporting to each other on a minute by minute basis. The situation is also being regularly monitored by Kent Highways officers.
All of this development in Northwest Maidstone has highlighted the problem that we always have in only being able to access the motorway and other routes on an east-west basis; there is no other way, either to the north or to the south, of getting out of this part of Maidstone.
It was never ever going to be possible to avoid some delays: they were inevitable. Not just a new set of traffic lights, but the installation of all of the utilities and telephones have to be done in one hit alongside the introduction of a new layout for the actual road itself. BUT, two-way working will be brought into play as soon as possible once the central reservation problem is dealt with, the waste material cleared and the surface redone. All being well, it is hoped that the originally intended end date of May 27th is going to be brought forward by at least ten days.
Please be assured that we are watching this on an hourly basis and are in direct contact with the Highways authorities.
County Councillors: Dan Daley & Rob Bird Borough Councillor: Cynthia Robertson and Borough Candidate: Diana Lewins