People in Maidstone are fed up of sitting in traffic jams.
I’ve called for action to tackle congestion in the town to be a top priority, so I’m pleased to see a number of local bottlenecks have been included in the Keeping Maidstone Moving schemes.
These schemes aim to reduce congestion, travel times and pollution.
The work is being carried out by Kent County Council, working with Maidstone Borough Council and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership. I’ll continue to work with local councillors, our local enterprise partnership, and colleagues in Government to drive forward these improvements for local people.
Last year I called for Maidstone to get a plan for infrastructure in my submission to the latest Local Plan consultation. New housing and new infrastructure need to go hand in hand, especially when our roads are already so congested.
Improving the Ashford Road and Sutton Road junctions on Willington Street should make a big difference to people in these places – with less traffic and better air quality. I know there are other roads that need improving as well but this is a step in the right direction.
More details about the schemes and their delivery timescales can be found on the KCC website here.