In its original transport plan for the English city of Maidstone, Kent County Council (KCC) envisaged three new road routes into the city. Two of them have already been built, but the third was cancelled due to the new Government's changed policy for new road construction. To alleviate long-standing congestion problems to the south of the city, Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) is proposing a new dual carriageway linked to a new bypass around a group of listed buildings. KCC has consulted local residents and businesses about an alternative scheme, a contraflow bus and lorry lane. This latter proposal could be a viable, cost-effective strategy, and one which is likely to be funded by the Government. It involves widening 850m of the A229 trunk road through the city centre as a 'no car' lane, with 600m designated as a contraflow. Vehicles over 7.5t would be able to travel along most of the route, and buses, taxis, and bicycles would be able to travel along the whole route. The outbound one-way carriageway of the A229 will be widened by one lane. The scheme is expected to divert 900 lorries a day from residential areas to the new contraflow. Residents will benefit from environmental improvements, and bus passengers from substantially lower journey times. The new scheme will cost about treet5M, compared with treet40M for the old.

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    Hemming Group, Limited

    32 Vauxhall Bridge Road
    London,   United Kingdom  SW1V 2SS
  • Authors:
    • BARKER, R
  • Publication Date: 1999-12-9


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 19-20
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 186
    • Issue Number: 5562
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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  • Accession Number: 00788436
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 3 2000 12:00AM