20 is plenty for Shepway North Ward - Parkway

Young children and cyclists stand to benefit most if speed limits in residential roads were reduced to 20mph.

Streets with a 20mph speed limit have less traffic noise, lower emissions and 40% fewer road causalities, improving road safety especially for young children.

Kent County Council candidate Brian Clark and Maidstone Borough Council candidate Joe Higson are seeking your views on a proposal to improve road safety in Park Way, West Park Road and adjoining roads. 

The scheme would reduce the speed limit to 20mph in the roadways near Park Way Primary School to the south and Maidstone Grammar School to the north.


What are they planning to do?

The proposal is for a new 20mph speed limit be implemented in the area. The roads included are shown in the plan below:

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Why do they want to do this work?

Concerns have been expressed about the speed of traffic and the safety of pedestrians, especially children, on approach to the school sites and generally around Park Way School and Maidstone Grammar School. Brian has previously worked with KCC to implement a bollard scheme for safety at the Park Way Roundabout to prevent vehicles mounting pavements, and safety lining with an enforceable traffic order at Park Way School.

What will the scheme involve?

To ensure this is an effective 20mph speed limit, it would be necessary to consider 'light-touch' measures such as upright repeater signs and roundel road markings (at locations shown on the plan). There are no plans to remove any on street parking.

Informal Consultation

Brian is a serving member of Maidstone’s Joint Transport Board where he works with Kent Highways and MBC. During his time as the local county councillor, Brian implemented a successful 20mph proposal near the shops in Northumberland Road, an area which had high levels or road traffic accidents. Brian has subsequently proposed several further 20mph pilots and is working with Josef to gather public views on the proposal.

Next steps

Brian and Joe will collate the responses to this informal consultation. If there is sufficient support for the speed reduction, they will submit the evidence to Kent Highways with a view to progressing this proposal.