Plans for town centre link road are unveiled
SCORES of people took the opportunity to look at plans for a major road project.
Proposals for the new Victoria Way relief road through the heart of Ashford were on show at an exhibition at Victoria Road Primary school on Friday and Saturday.
More than 120 residents visited the event to view plans and discuss how the new route will be developed.
Andy Phillips, head of transport for Ashford’s Future, said: “We were delighted by the number of people who came to have a look at the plans and, overall, they were very well received.
“There were a few concerns expressed by some local residents but this is to be expected when you consider the scale of the development proposed.
“Once the ideas were explained in more detail the majority went away feeling positive about the development.
“The new Victoria Way will play a key part in the transformation of the town centre by allowing it to grow and thrive.
“We believe the whole area will benefit as it will provide a new route to access the town centre and station and will open up the whole area for future develop- ment, including new shops, restaurants and cafes and homes.”
Victoria Way is a proposed new route to the south of the town centre to link Ashford International Station at Beaver Road and the A28 Chart Road.
It will follow the existing Victoria Road to Cherry Court where a new road will be built to join the end of Leacon Road by Matalan at Fairwood Industrial Estate.
Victoria Way will be delivered in phases as development along the route takes place.
The initial phase includes the provision of a new road from Beaver Road to the A28 Chart Road, the introduction of a tree-lined street and the creation of a public square next to Victoria Road Primary school.
The estimated cost for the initial phase is £17 million, which will be funded by central government and delivered by Kent County Council on behalf of Ashford’s Future.
Aidan Mullen of landscape architects Whitelaw Turkington and Theresa Trussell of KCC examine plans for the proposed route
The new link plan goes on display at Victoria Road school; from left, teacher Lynn Simmons, Mark Chaplin of Ashford Council and pupil Daniel Woodcock