TREE-LINED URBAN AVENUE TO TAKE SHAPE AS WORK STARTS ON VICTORIA WAY New road to pave way for jobs, homes and leisure
CONSTRUCTION of a major new road scheme to the south of Ashford town centre is about to get underway.
Kent County Council has just signed the contract with contractor Volker Fitzpatrick for the construction of Victoria Way.
Ashford council says the new road will open up the town centre south of the railway lines, paving the way for substantial business and commercial development.
Judith Armitt, managing director of Ashford’s Future, the agency overseeing the town’s development, said: “This is the most significant project to start in Ashford since the works to the former ring road and the new shared space.
“Together with the works to junction 9 and Drovers roundabout, this will not only improve traffic flow it will also enable developers to invest in extra jobs, homes and leisure oppor- tunities. The vision is for a 24mwide tree-lined urban avenue, with wide pavements, cycle and traffic turning lanes, landscaping and the opportunity for new shops, restaurants and cafes and homes.
“This will happen in phases, but the road itself and some of the landscaping will be completed as early as March 2011.”
The new road will run from the existing Victoria Road, opposite the railway station, through what is now industrial land to join the A28 near Great Chart.
The centrepiece of the first phase will be the new Wallis Square outside Victoria Road Primary School.
Planning approval for Victoria Way was granted last autumn and the project has secured £16.5 million in Community Infrastructure Funding from Communities and Local Government and the Department for Transport.
The Homes and Communities Agency will have overall responsibility for the construction of the road.
Ashford Borough Council leader Cllr Paul Bartlett (Con) said “I am delighted that this project is now under way.
“It is a very exciting development which will improve access to the town centre, create a new vibrant square and encourage inward investment to an area that has been neglected for a good number of years.”
Victoria Way will be an urban avenue with wide pavements and cycle lane