A28 widen­ing a step closer

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

Also due to be dis­cussed at the JTB meet­ing is the £33mil­lion pro­posal to widen the con­gested A28.

The plans in­clude du­alling Chart Road be­tween the Tank and Mata­lan round­abouts to in­crease the ca­pac­ity needed to sup­port the planned Chilm­ing­ton Green de­vel­op­ment and fu­ture com­mer­cial and residential growth.

The ob­jec­tive is to pro­vide a dual car­riage­way, plus foot­paths and cy­cle paths, along both sides of the road, as well as im­prov­ing the junc­tions at the Tank round­about, Mata­lan round­about and Loudon Way, which leads to the God­in­ton Park hous­ing es­tate.

A re­port re­leased ahead of next week’s meet­ing states: “The cor­ri­dor is highly con­strained but the over­ar­ch­ing prin­ci­ple is to widen as much as pos­si­ble on the eastern side to mit­i­gate the im­pact on God­in­ton Park res­i­dents while not ad­versely af­fect­ing Cobbs Wood in­dus­trial es­tate and ac­cess to those busi­nesses.”

As part of the plans, the Tank and Mata­lan round­abouts will be en­larged, and the Tank one will need to be “lozenge shaped’ to take the five en­try arms.

A nar­row slip of land would be taken from East Lodge, the house op­po­site Geer­ings in Chart Road, to ac­com­mo­date the du­alling, and some trees would also be lost on the God­in­ton side of the road as this would also be widened.

Noise pol­lu­tion could be a prob­lem but the re­port says “traf­fic noise screen­ing” will be pro­vided for God­in­ton Park res­i­dents so that “they are no worse than at present and ideally that the sit­u­a­tion can be im­proved”.

The scheme is es­ti­mated to cost £33 mil­lion - although £10.2 mil­lion of this has al­ready been se­cured from Lo­cal Growth Fund­ing.

Peo­ple are ex­pected to be con­sulted on the plans in Novem­ber this year.

Sub­ject to ap­proval, it is es­ti­mated that the pro­ject would be­gin in 2018/19, with an 18-month to two-year con­struc­tion pe­riod.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM3994589

View to­wards the Tank round­about from the Loudon Way junction

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