A multi-million pound scheme to ease congestion on a route between Dartford and Greenhithe has been revealed by Kent County Council.
The A206 St Clements Way provides links to the A2 and Dartford Crossing and access to the Bluewater and the Crossways retail parks.
Substantial new development has been built and is planned in the area and this will increase traffic flows and congestion.
The work will see the size and capacity of the London Road/St Clements Way roundabout increased and the provision of new bus lanes in each direction between the London Road and Crossways Boulevard roundabouts along St Clements Way.
St Clements Way provides direct access to Greenhithe Station and forms a key link for the Fastrack bus service and other important bus services in the area.
The existing pedestrian crossings will be upgraded with new and more efficient traffic lights and the existing footpath along St Clements Way, between London Road and Mounts Road, will be converted to a shared cycle path.
KCC also intends to provide a noise fence to screen residents affected by the increased traffic along the road and this will be integrated into the design of the replacement landscape planting.
KCC cabinet member for Environment and Transport, Matthew Balfour said: “Our plans for this are currently in the design process with a view to work starting in the spring of next year.
This improvement scheme forms part of a wider package of improvements – such as work on the A2 Bean junction – and is aimed at reducing congestion and catering for future growth and development in the area.
I would encourage everyone in the area who would like to find out more about our plans to come along to the Public Exhibition and talk to us and ask any questions you may have.”
The project will cost £6.9 million with £4.2 million in government funding and £2.7 million in developer contributions.
The Public Exhibition will be held at St Mary’s Church Hall, London Road, Greenhithe, on Friday, February 24 between 2.30pm and 6pm and Saturday, February 25 between 9.30am and noon.