Plans for changes to the Key Street and Grovehurst Road junctions in Sittingbourne have gone out to public consultation.
Currently an outline design, people’s feedback will help develop the detailed design before changes are made.
For Key Street, Kent County Council is currently proposing to:
- close the existing A249 southbound slip road from the Key Street roundabout and create a new slip road from Chestnut Street
- widen several of the Key Street roundabout approaches and exits
- improve road markings and signs to provide increased clarity for drivers
- install parking bays on Bobbing Hill and off-road parking on Chestnut Street
- introduce pedestrian and cycle priority crossings on Keycol Hill, Sheppey Way, Key Street and Chestnut Street
- widen pavements and verges where possible to provide shared foot and cycleways
The £5.8 million scheme will be fully funded through the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) and contributions from developers.
For Grovehurst Road, KCC is proposing to remove the existing two roundabouts at either end of Grovehurst Road and the A249 junctions and upgrade them to a single raised gyratory using two bridges over the A249
The key changes proposed:
- turning the existing two-way bridge into a two-lane one-way bridge, forming part of the new gyratory
- constructing an additional bridge north east of the existing bridge over the A249
- removing the existing roundabouts to the north west and south east of the A249
- installing traffic lights on the gyratory and respective roundabout approaches
- altering the roundabout approach and exit arrangements between the new gyratory and Grovehurst Road and Swale Road
- changing the A249 slip roads, particularly the two Isle of Sheppey facing slip roads, which will be completely reconstructed
- providing a new access to Nichols Transport Logistics Park to the north east
- introducing toucan crossings
- widening pavements and verges where possible to provide shared foot and cycleways
The Grovehurst Road works will cost around £32.8 million and be fully funded through HIF.
KCC Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport Michael Payne said: “We very much want to hear from people on these two schemes and for them to look at the proposals that are being put forward for changes.
“Both the Key Street and Grovehurst Road junction improvements are needed to provide the capacity to handle future growth in and around Sittingbourne.
“The upgrades to the junctions are needed to ensure that local communities and businesses can access the A2 and M2 without the significant congestion and queuing traffic on the A249 and surrounding local network.
“The junction improvements offer benefits to the local community in terms of reduced local journey times and less congestion.
“This isn’t just for vehicles either, we plan to make significant improvements to the existing walking and cycling facilities, designed to encourage these types of journeys.”
Some minor works took place over the summer to improve safety and address immediate congestion issues. This included the addition of traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing on the A249 northbound slip road and the introduction of road markings on the Key Street roundabout.
The consultation runs from today (Wednesday, December 2) to Tuesday, January 26.