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Highway Improvement Schemes

To:                              Maidstone Joint Transportation Board

 

By:                              KCC Highways, Transportation and Waste

 

Date:                           22nd February 2016

 

Subject:                       Highway Works Programme 2015/16

 

Classification:           Information Only

 

 

Summary: This report updates Members on the identified schemes approved for construction in 2015/16

 

 

1. Introduction

 

This report provides an update and summarises schemes that have been programmed for delivery in 2015/16

 

Footway and Carriageway Improvement Schemes – see Appendix A

           

Drainage Repairs & Improvements – see Appendix B

 

Street Lighting – see Appendix C

 

Transportation and Safety Schemes – See Appendix D

 

·         Casualty Reduction Measures  – See Appendix D1

 

·         Integrated Transport Schemes – See Appendix D2

 

·         Local Growth Fund – See Appendix D3

 

Developer Funded Works – Appendix E

 

Bridge Works – see Appendix F

 

Traffic Systems – see Appendix G

 

Combined Member Fund – see Appendix H

 

 

Conclusion

 

  1. This report is for Members information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Officers:

 

The following contact officers can be contacted on 03000 418181

 

Carol Valentine                                   West Kent Highway Manager

Richard Emmett                                 Maidstone District Manager

Alan Casson                                        Resurfacing Manager            

Katie Moreton                                     Drainage Manager & Interim Structures Manager

Sue Kinsella                                        Street Lighting Manager

Toby Butler                                         Intelligent Transport Systems Manager

Jamie Hare                                         Development Agreement Manager   

Jamie Watson                                     Transportation and Safety Schemes Manager

Kirstie Williams                                    Combined Member Fund Manger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix A – Footway and Carriageway Improvement Schemes

 

The delivery of these schemes is weather dependent; should it prove not possible to carry out these works on the planned dates, new dates will be arranged and the residents will be informed by a letter drop to their homes.

 

 

Machine Resurfacing – Contact Officer Mr Byron Lovell

Road Name

Parish

Extent of Works

Current Status

 

Florence Road

 

Maidstone

 

Full Length

Works programmed for March 2016

 

Footway Improvement - Contact Officer Mr Neil Tree

Road Name

Parish

Extent and Description of Works

Current Status

Poplar Grove

Maidstone

 

From its junction with Ash Grove to the junction with Maple Avenue (Footway Reconstruction).

 

 

 

Works completed

South Road

Marden

 

Various sections from the junction with Howland Road to outside Property No. 10 South Road. (Footway Reconstruction -both sides).

 

 

 

 

Works completed

 

North Down

Staplehurst

 

Entire Length (Footway Reconstruction).

 

 

Works completed.

 

Tomlin Close

Staplehurst

 

Entire Length (Footway Reconstruction).

 

 

Works completed

 

Brooklands

Headcorn

 

Entire Length (Footway Reconstruction).

 

 

 

Works completed

Ashford Road

Maidstone

 

From its junction with New Cut Road to its junction with Willington Street. (Footway protection treatment).

 

Works completed

 

Surface Treatments – Contact Officer Mrs Wendy Boustead

Micro Surfacing Schemes

Boxley Road/Pilgrims Way

Boxley

From its junction with Styles Lane to Hairpin bends

 

Completed

East Street

Hunton

From its junction with Hunton Hill to its junction with Stonewall Chainhurst

 

Completed

Eyhorne Street

Hollingbourne

From its junction with Tilefields to its junction with A20

 

Completed

Eyhorne Street

Hollingbourne

From its junction with Greenway Court Road to the war memorial by the school

 

Completed

Heath Road

Boughton Monchelsea/Chart Sutton

From its junction with Brishing Lane to its junction with A274 Sutton Road

 

Completed

Maidstone Road

Marden

From its junction with Chantry Road to property called “Hartridge”

 

Completed

Mallings Lane

Bearsted

From its junction with The Street to its junction with Fremlins Road

 

Completed

Roundwell/A20 Ashford Road

Thurnham/Bearsted

From its junction with Water Lane and to its Junction with A20

 

Completed

Water Lane

Thurnham/Bearsted

From its junction with Roundwell to its junction with Pilgrims Way

 

Completed

Yalding Hill and High Street Yalding

Yalding/West Farleigh

From its junction with Benover Road and Lughorse Lane

 

Completed

Surface Dressing Schemes

The Street and Pilgrims Way

Boxley

From its Junction with Styles Lane and the Hairpin bend where it joins Lidsing Road

 

Completed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix B – Drainage

 

Drainage Works – Contact Officer Kathryn Moreton

 

Road Name

Parish

Description of Works

Current Status

No drainage works planned over £5000.

 

 

Appendix C – Street Lighting

 

Structural testing of KCC owned street lights has identified the following as requiring replacement this financial year.

 

 

Street Lighting Column Replacement – Contact Officer Sue Kinsella

 

Road Name

Parish

Description of Works

Status

College Road

Maidstone

Replacement of 1 no street light complete with LED Lanterns

Completed

Heath Grove

Maidstone

Replacement of 1 no street light complete with LED Lanterns

Completed

Loose Road

Maidstone

Replacement of 1 no street light complete with LED Lanterns

Completed

Alllington Way

Maidstone

Replacement of 3 no street lights complete with LED Lanterns

Completed

Elvington Close

Maidstone

Replacement of 1 no street light complete with LED Lanterns

Completed

Brewer Street

Maidstone

Replacement of 3 no street lights complete with LED Lanterns

Completed

Union Street

Maidstone

Replacement of 3 no street lights complete with LED Lanterns

Completed

Ashford Road

Bearsted

Replacement of 1 no street light complete with LED Lantern

Completed

Wallis Avenue

Maidstone

Replacement of 2 no street lights complete with LED Lantern

Completed

Higham Close

Tovil

Replacement of 1 no street light complete with LED Lantern

Completed

Warnford Gardens

 

Maidstone

Replacement of 1 no street light complete with LED Lantern

Completed

Mote Road

Maidstone

Replacement of 1 no street light complete with LED Lantern

Completed

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix D – Transportation and Safety Schemes

 

Appendix D1 – Casualty Reduction

 

Identified to address a known history of personal injury crashes

 

Location

Parish

Description of Works

Lead officer

Current Status

A20 Ashford Road j/w Roundwell

Bearsted

Improved advanced direction signage, solar bollards on central islands and road-studs(to follow micro re-surfacing)

Michael Heath

Complete

A20 Lenham j/w Faversham Road

Lenham

Improved ADS signage, warning signage and road markings approaching junction

Michael Heath

Detailed design underway for construction early  2016/17

Lidsing Road  j/w Pilgrims Way (Boxley Hill)

Boxley

New chevrons, improved warning signs and road studs

Michael Heath

Complete

 

 

 

 

Appendix D2 – Integrated Transport Schemes

 

All other LTP funded non-casualty reduction schemes

 

Location

Parish

Description of Works

Lead officer

Current Status

Spot Lane

Bearsted

Amendments to traffic calming to improve bus access

Michael Hardy

Scheme abandoned following consultation responses

 

 

 

Appendix D3 – Local Growth Fund

 

Local Growth Fund programme update for the Maidstone Borough.

 

The Department for Transport (DfT) added £100m to the Local Growth Fund (LGF) pot in order to fund Local Sustainable Transport Fund Style schemes.  KCC subsequently submitted four Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) capital bids 1) East Kent – A network for Growth, 2) Kent Thameside – Integrated door-to-door journeys and 3) West Kent – Tackling Congestion.  The fourth was for Tonbridge Town Centre Regeneration, which included a highway improvements scheme in the Lower High Street as well as additional LSTF style measures.  The objective of all of the capital bids is to boost economic growth by decreasing carbon emissions and reducing congestion.

 

The Kent Thameside, West Kent and Tonbridge Town Centre Regeneration bids were all successful. The schemes aim to:

 

·         improve access to employment and services

·         reduce the need to travel by the private car

·         enhance pedestrian, cycle and public transport facilities

·         improve sustainable transport connections

 

The following schemes have been submitted as part of the successful West Kent LSTF this financial year.

 

 

Local Growth Fund (Transport Innovations)

Scheme Name

Description of Works

Current Status

Maidstone Cycle Parking

Improvements to existing provision as well as new cycle parking facilities in locations across the Borough. Four locations have been agreed with Southeastern Railway in order of priority.

1.Bearsted Train Station

2.Hollingbourne Train Station

3.Maidstone West Train Station

4.Headcorn Train Station

In addition to the original grant allocation of £15,000, funding has been secured to install cycle storage and CCTV at all four locations within the current financial year.

Maidstone Borough Council and Southeastern have agreed the exact locations at each station.

Funds have been transferred to Southeastern who will progress the scheme with completion  before 31 March 2016.

Schools Grants

Grants supplied to schools who successfully bid for capital funding of up to £5k per school.

Two schools have completed works

-   North Borough junior school

-   Sutton Valence

Business Grants

Grants supplied to businesses who successfully bid for capital funding of up to £5k per organisation.

Three businesses in the Maidstone District have received a grant

-   DHA Planning – Maidstone

-   Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust - Oakwood Site

-   Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust - The Red House

 

 

 

 

Appendix E – Developer Funded Works

 

Developer Funded Works (Section 278 Agreement Works) – Contact Officer Claremarie Vine

Scheme Name

Mastergov File Ref No

Parish

Description of Works

Current Status

King Street Maidstone

 

MA003064

Maidstone

New access into retirement home - old bowling site

Preliminary submission received.

Heath Road Coxheath

MA003063

Coxheath

New access and Footway works

Submission received

10 Week Street

MA003059

Maidstone

Pavement re-grade

Agreement signed

Ashford Road Harrietsham

MA003058

Harrietsham

Upgrade of existing bellmouth

Stage 2 audit complete

Lenham Road

MA003057

Headcorn

New footway

Stage submission received

Valdene Industrial Estate

MA003054

Sutton Valence

Upgrade of existing bellmouth plus extension to footway

Stage 2 audit complete

Bridge House Nursery, London Road

MA003051

Maidstone

Traffic light Jcn Beaver Rd to become X-rds 

Agreement in progress

Church Road Tovil Courteney school)

MA003049

Tovil

New access

Agreement signed

Oak Lane

MA003048

Headcorn

New footway plus junction improvements

Stage 2 technical audit in progress

Bunyards Farm

MA003047

Maidstone

New bellmouth to Beaver Rd

Stage 2 audit complete

Former nurse’s home Oakapple lane/Hermitage Lane

MA003046

Maidstone

New access into development plus drainage works

Stage 2 audit complete

531 Tonbridge Rd

MA003045

Maidstone

Service layby for new retail unit

Agreement signed

Brooklyn Yard

MA003041

Maidstone

New access

Works complete

Land to the north of Sutton Rd (The Coppice)

MA3040

Maidstone

New right turn lane and bellmouth

Works substantially complete

8 Faversham Rd Lenham

MA003032

Lenham

New access

Agreement signed, works ongoing

Bell Lane Staplehurst

MA003030

Staplehurst

Upgrade of existing access for new development

Works substantially complete

Langley Park

MA003028

Maidstone

New roundabout

Works substantially complete

Andrew Broughton Way

MA003025

Maidstone

New Access/Egress to Car Park Andrew Broughton Way, Maidstone

Works complete

Oliver Road Staplehurst

MA003019

Staplehurst

New pedestrian crossing to Marden Rd, junction improvements and bus boarders

Stage 2 audit complete

Old Ashford Rd Lenham

MA003018

Lenham

New footway plus access

Works substantially complete

Imperial Park

MA003017

Maidstone

New right turn lane and bellmouth, plus footway works

Works substantially complete

McDonalds Drive-thru, Hart street Maidstone

MA003013

Maidstone

New access, improvements to Hart street.

Works substantially complete

MAP Depot, Goudhurst Road, Marden

MA003012

Marden

New Bellmouth and footway

Works substantially complete

York Road

MA003009

Maidstone

New Bellmouth

Works completed, on maintenance

Farleigh Hill

MA003007

Tovil

New access and speed limit relocation, footway and bus stop provision

Stage 2 technical audit in progress

 

 

 

Appendix F – Bridge Works

 

Bridge Works – Contact Officer Kathryn Moreton

 

Road Name

Parish

Description of Works

Current Status

No works planned.

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Appendix G – Traffic Systems

 

There is a programme of scheduled maintenance to refurbish life expired traffic signal equipment across the county based upon age and fault history. The delivery of these schemes is dependent upon school terms and holiday periods; local residents, businesses and schools will be informed verbally and by a letter drop of the exact dates when known.

 

Traffic Systems - Contact Officer: Toby Butler

 

Location

Description of Works

Current Status

No traffic signal refurbishment work being carried out this year

 

 

 

Appendix H – Combined Member Fund –  programme update for the Maidstone District

 

 

Combined Member Fund (Highways) programme update for the Maidstone District.

 

The following schemes are those, which have been approved for funding by both the relevant Member and by Roger Wilkin, Director of Highways, Transportation and Waste. The list only includes schemes, which are

·        in design, or

·        at consultation stage, or

·        about to be programmed, or

·        have recently been completed on site.

 

The list is up to date as of 1st February 2016.

 

The details given below are for highway projects only.  This report does not detail -

·        contributions Members have made to other groups such as parish councils, or

·        highway studies, or

·        traffic/non-motorised user surveys funded by Members, or

·        requests for tree planting to be funded by Members

 

More information on the schemes listed below can be found via Kent Gateway the online database for all Combined Member Grant schemes and studies, or by contacting the Traffic and Safety Engineer for the Combined Member Grant (Maidstone).

 

 

Paul Carter

 

Details of Scheme

Status

14-MHF-MA-94 Roseacre Lane and Yeoman Lane Proposed 20 mph Zone

TRO and works complete

Proposed 20 mph speed limit to include new signs and white roundel road markings.  The design process is complete and work has commenced on the Traffic Regulation Order process.  A purchase order has been raised for the TRO Notice to be advertised during the first half of October.  Formal consultation will commence at the same time.

 


 

 

 

Brian Clark

 

Details of Scheme

Status

15-MHF-MA-24 Cumberland Avenue, Shepway 

In progress -

please refer to the notes provided opposite

The scheme includes the provision of three parking bays, the installation of fencing and the removal of bollards, the upgrade of lighting and the extension of the existing verge area, together with associated drainage

 

The detailed design is currently underway.

15-MHF-MA-25 Farleigh Hill, Tovil

In progress - 

please refer to the notes provided opposite

The scheme includes the provision of an informal drop kerb crossing on the footway outside the Tile Centre to allow disabled pedestrians to cross to Lidl if they come down from Tesco.  The works will require infringement of private land and KCC Legal team is currently in discussion with the landowner with regards to the purchase of a small strip of land. Design work is complete

15-MHF-MA-54 Church Street, Tovil

TRO and works complete

Proposed TRO to restrict access to HGVs.  Formal consultation has been completed.  One letter of support was received and no objections.  The TRO has been sealed by the Legal Team and the Made Notice will now be advertised in the press and a works order raised for the new signs with the intention that the signs will be installed as soon as possible after the TRO becomes operational

15-MHF-MA-51 Pheasant Lane, Maidstone

In progress - 

costs need further clarification prior to works

It is proposed to remove the existing fence and bike inhibitor from its current location and relocate further south to align with the boundary of the wood and prevent vehicle access to a track.

 

This scheme has been designed and the proposed costs reported to member.

 

15-MHF-MA-78 Cripple Street, Maidstone

 

Proposal for waiting restrictions to deter parking near junction of Warnford Gardens, documents in preparation pending advertising

In progress –

Please refer to notes provided opposite

 

 

15-MHF-MA-79 Plains Avenue, Maidstone

 

Proposal for waiting restrictions to deter parking near junction of A229 Loose Road, documents in preparation pending advertising

In progress – Please refer to note provided opposite

 

 

 

 

Brian Clark, continued

 

 

15-MHF-MA - 104 West Park Road

Bollards to deter vehicle footway overrun at informal pedestrian crossing points at the junction of South Park Road

 

Works complete

 

15-MHF-MA - 107 Dean Street

Proposal to extend 30mph Speed limit from Farleigh Hill to Dean Street. New survey data requested.

In progress – Please refer to notes opposite

 

15-MHF-MA – 116 Parkway

Proposal to formalise existing School Keep Clear Marking and provide signage

In Progress – Please refer to notes opposite

15-MHF-MA – Northumberland Road

 

Proposal to investigate 7.5t weight limit TRO and signage

In progress – Please refer to notes opposite

 

 

 

Dan Daley and Rob Bird

 

Details of Scheme

Status

15-MHF-MA-40 Bunswick School, Leafy Lane

In progress - 

please refer to the notes provided opposite

To provide two ‘School Keep Clear’ road markings with TRO and the provision of an informal tactile crossing. 

 

Following further consideration, an amended scheme for a Zebra crossing has been promoted. Additional funding will be required to bring to fruition.

15-MHF-MA-127 Stagshaw Close Parking Restrictions

In progress - 

please refer to the notes provided opposite

To provide two ‘School Keep Clear’ road markings with TRO and single yellow line parking restrictions. The hours that the parking restrictions will apply has been agreed with the school and the TRO has been processed. The lining is now ordered.

 

 

 

 

Bower Lane, Maidstone – amendment to completed scheme

In progress - 

please refer to the notes provided opposite

Proposed TRO to remove a 20 metre length of parking bay located at the junction with Evelyn Close to allow the refuse lorry and other large vehicles to navigate the turn into Evelyn Road.  Vehicles parked in the bays currently severely restrict turning movements for all vehicles, but especially large goods vehicles.  Formal consultation is complete.  Three objections and no letters of support were received.  The objectors have been contacted and a report provided to Andy Corcoran for consideration

Eric Hotson

 

Details of Scheme

Status

15-MHF-MA-124 – A229 Staplehurst

Complete

Implement new section of pedestrian guard railing A229 High Street near library

15-MHF-MA-126 -  A229 Staplehurst

 

Traffic Regulation Order for Speed Limit extension south of Staplehurst on A229 together with implementation of double white line system  to deter overtaking near Knoxbridge

 

Design in  progress, TRO to be advertised

15-MHF-MA-58 – Chart Sutton

In progress, TRO’s to be advertised

Traffic Regulation Orders for 30mph limit extension and yellow lines

 

 

Gary Cooke

 

Details of Scheme

Status

15-MHF-MA- 68 Worcester Road, Maidstone

Deferred - 

please refer to the notes provided opposite

Site investigation and design for the provision of off road grasscrete parking areas.

 

The site investigation is complete and the scheme objective was changed to revoke the existing verge parking TRO and implement bollards if required, to protect verges. The TRO will be progressed  in 16/17

 

 

 

Ian Chittenden

 

Details of Scheme

Status

14-MHF-MA-74 Windsor Close off Sittingbourne Road

Complete

Provision of dropped kerb pedestrian ramps with tactile paving at the junction of Windsor Close with Sittingbourne Road

 

15-MHF-MA-33 and 45

 

Sittingbourne Road, Maidstone

Proposed extension of the existing 30 mph speed limit to Chiltern Hundred Roundabout, the provision of a 30 mph speed limit VAS has been deferred for funding reasons.

Speed limit complete

 

 

Jenny Whittle

 

Details of Scheme

Status

15-MHF-MA-26 Maidstone Road, Headcorn

In progress - 

please refer to the notes provided opposite. 

Proposed TRO to reduce the existing 50 mph speed limit to 40 mph. Formal consultation is complete with signage works planned for early February

15-MHF-MA-13 Faversham Road through Wichling and Lenham Road, Kingswood

In progress - 

please refer to the notes provided opposite. 

Proposed TRO to reduce the existing speed limits at both locations to 30 mph.  Formal consultation is complete with works to implement signage ordered for Wichling. The Lenham Road, Kingswood 30mph TRO progress has been deferred.

15-MHF-MA-27 Detling Village 

In progress - 

please refer to the notes provided opposite. 

Proposed TRO to implement a prohibition of motorised vehicles in the Village (except access).  Work has commenced on the production of the TRO and draft designs have been provided for review by the Member.

 

 

 

Paulina Stockell

 

Details of Scheme

Status

15-MHF-MA-36  B2079 Goudhurst Road, Marden

Complete - 

Please refer to the notes provided opposite. 

Proposed traffic calming scheme to include the conversion of the existing zebra crossing to a raised zebra crossing. Currently vehicles are driving round children when they are crossing the road and overtaking waiting vehicles.  Outline design is complete with a view to further funding being sought.

15-MHF-MA-38 Lower Street/Station Hill junction improvements

In progress - 

please refer to the notes provided opposite

The scheme was previously looked at several years ago and work is being undertaken to review existing designs and new options with a view to moving the scheme forward. The parish have indicated their support for a larger scheme and this is now being reviewed.

 

15-MHF-MA-37 West Street, Hunton

 

Proposed upgrade of the gated entrance to the 30 mph speed limit located on West Street and resurfacing of the crossroad junction.  The site visit has been completed and a summary of recommended provided to the Member for comment.  The scheme is currently on hold pending a response.

In progress - 

please refer to the notes provided opposite

15-MHF-MA-35 Tonbridge Road, Teston

In progress - 

please refer to the notes provided opposite

It was originally proposed to install a traffic island near Church Street, however site investigations have confirmed this will not be possible due to insufficient carriageway width and underground services. Alternative options are currently being considered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.1               Legal Implications

1.1.1         Not applicable.

1.2               Financial and Value for Money Considerations

1.2.1         Not applicable.

1.3               Risk Assessment

1.3.1         Not applicable.

Contacts: Carol Valentine / Richard Emmett  03000 418181