requested that an item regarding the M2 Junction 5 and associated
works be considered at the next meeting. The Board suggested that a representative from
Highways England be invited to this meeting.
further report, regarding the safety of M20 junctions impacted by
Operation Brock, was requested. It was
stated that metal barriers had remained in situ on the westbound
carriageway after Operation Brock had been deactivated. This represented a safety risk.
suggested that the Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Committee
at Maidstone Borough Council conduct a review regarding the impact
of introducing 20mph speed limits.
RESOLVED:That the Committee Work Programme be
Russell Boorman, Senior Major Capital Programme Project Manager
(Kent County Council), explained that the report contained initial
findings from the post-scheme monitoring of the Maidstone Bridges
Gyratory. A final report was to be
submitted to the Maidstone Joint Transportation Board containing
information regarding cycling and pedestrian safety. It was stated that the scheme had been a success
when considering the reduction in the number of recorded
Board commented that landscaping work was not complete at the
site. Maidstone Borough Council was
working on the generation of proposals, in liaison with Parish
response to questions from the Board, Mr Boorman stated
·Kent County Council (KCC) was working with central
government to obtain additional enforcement powers. These powers ensured that box junction blockages
could be resolved. This would improve
the performance of the gyratory scheme.
·An update on the design and implementation of flood
prevention measures was to be provided to Members via
Board requested that Mr Boorman attend the next Agenda Setting
meeting to assist with the preparation and scheduling of
Boorman stated that on 12 April 2019, SELEP agreed the remaining
funding for the Maidstone Integrated Transport Package
(MITP). A total of £8.9m had
therefore been secured. Mr Boorman
explained that the schemes within the report demonstrated a package
of works that was considered to be
achievable within the budget and time requirements.
Board commented that:
·The original Willington Street Maidstone A274 Sutton
Road Junction scheme had been rejected, however, a smaller scheme
with reduced impact on vegetation could be designed.
·Although the A20 Hall Road Aylesford project was a
mitigation scheme, it did not benefit Maidstone.
response to questions from the Board, Mr Boorman replied
·It was not possible to retain the current traffic
signals at the Coldharbour Roundabout.
The reconfiguration meant that vehicles were required to stop in
different locations. It was suggested
that the designs include the infrastructure necessary to enable the
implementation of signals if these were required at a later date.
·Options for the Willington Street Maidstone A274
Sutton Road Junction were to be returned to a future meeting of
this Board for consideration.
·SELEP funding for the Willington Street Maidstone
A274 Sutton Road Junction project required the scheme to
demonstrate good value for money. Any
proposal was therefore subject to the same level of scrutiny as
other schemes within the MITP.
·The removal of the A20 Hall Road Aylesford scheme
from the MITP risked losing the funding available for the work if
another scheme was not delivered in its place.
1.The report be noted.
2.The Maidstone Joint Transportation Board recommends
that the A20 Hall Road Aylesford scheme be removed from the
Maidstone Integrated Transport Package.