Kent Street A228 Junction improvements

Sent on behalf of Matthew Balfour

 

Dear Gill

 

Thank you for your enquiry of 8th August 2017 referring to your previous correspondence concerning Kent Street highway improvements.

 

The scheme for highway improvements is to be submitted to the next meeting of the Joint Transportation Board for endorsement so that land negotiations can then take place.

 

The scheme comprises visibility splay improvements where possible, new verges, fencing, footway provision, signing, surfacing and relocation and strengthening of ironwork/service chambers within the carriageway of the A228 over the length of the scheme.

 

This will provide a safer environment for pedestrians, bus users, improved visibility for vehicles emerging from the side roads (Kent Street), increase the exposure of the junction to through traffic and reduce maintenance demands and the disruption this causes for this section of the A228.

 

I will ask Terry Drury to send you, for the PC, a copy of the drawings and report to the JTB

 

With best wishes

 

Matthew Balfour

Member for Malling Rural East

Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transport and Waste

Kent County Council

 

Report to JTB

Kent Street Improvement Scheme

To:          Tonbridge Joint Transportation Board, date …

By:          Tim Read – Head of Transportation, KCC

Classification: Unrestricted

 

 

This report outlines the Kent Street Improvement Scheme

A recommendation is sought to endorse the scheme so that the necessary land negotiations can proceed in a defined way.

 

 

  1. Introduction

As part of the S106 agreement for phase 3 of the Kings Hill development under section E Local Traffic Management and Calming Sum:-

‘The Highway Authority proposes to use the Local Traffic Management and Calming Sum paid in accordance with Schedule 1 Part 1 paragraph 1.5 of the Phase 2 Agreement (Highways) (as defined in clause 2.1 below) towards:

A scheme of off-site highway works at Kent Street Mereworth junction with the A228 designed to mitigate the impact of traffic arising from the Development (as defined in clause 2.1 below) and to enhance safety and conditions for local residents pedestrians and cyclists; and

A scheme of traffic management at Offham Village designed to mitigate the local impact of traffic arising from the Development and to enhance safety and conditions for local residents pedestrians and cyclists.’

The proposed design for the Kent Street scheme is appended.

  1. The Design

The scheme comprises visibility splay improvements where possible, new verges, fencing, footway provision, signing, surfacing and relocation and strengthening of ironwork/service chambers within the carriageway of the A228 over the length of the scheme.

This will provide a safer environment for pedestrians, bus users, improved visibility for vehicles emerging from the side roads (Kent Street), increase the exposure of the junction to through traffic and reduce maintenance demands and the disruption this causes for this section of the A228.

The scheme does require additional land for its implementation and drawing 4300542/003 appended shows the extent of that required permanently and for construction.

 

 

  1. Recommendation

The endorsement of this scheme is sought by the Transportation Board to progress it further and reconvene land negotiations which were agreed in principle on an earlier design.

Future Meeting if applicable:

 

Progress reports will be presented to the

JTB in the future.

 

Contact Officers: Terry Drury, Senior Development Planner
Reporting to: Tim Read, Head of Transportation

 

Draft Plans

4300542-002_01.pdf (162 downloads) 4300542-003_00.pdf (133 downloads)