Update - December 2018

Kent County Council would like to thank everyone who took part in the consultation for this proposal.

A report was presented at the Maidstone Joint Transportation Board on 17 October and feedback from the consultation has been considered by officers at Kent County Council and Maidstone Borough Council and has been used to inform the finalisation of the proposal.   (A copy of the JTB report is available to view in the Summary of Results section below.)

The route will continue to be progressed on the southern side as previously stated. The issues related to proximity of trees, lack of visibility and available footway at the Square Hill roundabout, these have now been investigated further.  Please also note the existing island is not adequate for the use of cyclists and crosses directly onto a vehicle crossover, so this has also been reviewed.

The crossing at Willow Way is proposed to be moved to align cyclists with Mote Avenue approximately 40m away from the junction. This improves the visibility for cyclists and removes the concern for crossing at the Willow Way junction. Cyclists can then continue the short journey into Mote Park or onwards to Shepway on the carriageway.

The shared route will now be installed as segregated to the standards set out by DfT, with cyclists on the side closest to the carriageway.

The signing will be reviewed and incorporated within these changes, advising the suitable route both through Mote Park during the day and the alternative suitable night time options.

The controller boxes located in the middle of the footway near the crossing will be relocated to the back of the footway as part of the crossing upgrade.

There currently is no enforcement of cycle routes, however any dangerous highway use can be reported to the police on their non-emergency number, 101.  

In addition to the above, we will be undertaking the resurfacing of the northern footway at the same time and incorporate improvements to all the vehicle crossovers within the work area. The aim is to improve the facilities on both sides for the pedestrians and cyclists and renew the existing infrastructure for both safety and improved ascetics.

The decision was made to proceed and works are expected to take up to 11 weeks to complete, with construction due to take place the week commenting 4th February 2019.

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Introduction

Kent County Council (KCC) is proposing to link up and improve the existing cycle route from the Mote Park entrance at Mote Avenue to the junction of the A249 and King Street.

The scheme seeks to provide the cycling infrastructure to allow cyclists to come off-carriageway for majority of their journey and allow a smoother transition into Maidstone Town Centre. The scheme is to be funded from Central Government Local Transport Plan 2018/19 funds.

The consultation booklet provides further information on the proposals and you can also view the plans (please zoom in to view labels).

We have also published a copy of our draft Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) for you to read.

All documents can be downloaded from the Consultation Documents below.

Have your say

We want to hear your views. If you wish to respond to this consultation, please send your feedback by emailing traffic.schemes@kent.gov.uk or sending a letter to Kent County Council, Ashford Highway Depot, Javelin Way, Henwood, Ashford, TN24 8AD.

Please use the reference ‘Maidstone Cycleway Consultation’ to identify the scheme.

This consultation closes at midnight on Sunday 7 October 2018 so please ensure your response reaches us before this date. 

Alternative Formats and Hard Copies

To request hard copies of any of the consultation documents, or for any other formats, please email: alternativeformats@kent.gov.uk or call: 03000 421553 (text relay service number: 18001 03000 421553). This number goes to an answering machine, which is monitored during office hours.

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This consultation has now closed.

Timeline

  • Opened
    10 Sep 2018 at 09:00
  • Closed
    7 Oct 2018 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    21 Dec 2018

Details

Consulting Organisation Type Kent County Council
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation Maidstone
Consultation Topic Traffic, transport and roads
Consultation Methods Open responses (e.g. letters and email)
Contact Details

Email: traffic.schemes@kent.gov.uk 

Phone: 03000 41 81 81

Post: Kent County Council, Ashford Highway Depot, Javelin Way, Henwood, Ashford, TN24 8AD.

Please use the reference ‘Maidstone Cycleway’ to identify the scheme