Transport consultations launched into bus services in Maidstone and West Malling

Two consultations have been launched proposing bus pilots in Maidstone and West Malling. It comes following last year’s Big Conversation, which gauged opinion on how Kent County Council could best help provide sustainable rural transport. KCC currently supports services 13 and 59 in Maidstone. The proposal revises these services to become feeder buses, which provide…

A26 Tonbridge Road, Maidstone reopens

The A26 Tonbridge Road in Maidstone will reopen on Sunday after a void was discovered in May. At a cost of over £1 million and over 8,000 hours of work to fill the void, the road is scheduled to reopen on Sunday morning. The void was first spotted on May 28 with a small hole…

Consultation into cycle route for Maidstone

Kent County Council is consulting on plans to link up and improve a cycle route into Maidstone. Working with Maidstone Borough Council, the route would run from the entrance at Mote Avenue to the junction of the A249 and King Street, linking up with existing cycle routes. The proposals include widening the footpath to three…

Request for Judicial Review thrown out by High Court Judge

A request for a judicial review by Maidstone Borough Council into how Kent County Council released funds for a road project has been thrown out by a High Court Judge. KCC requested that Maidstone Borough Council release £200,000 of developer contributions for surveys into the possibility of a Leeds-Langley by-pass. The money would be used…

Latest on the A26 Tonbridge Road sinkhole

Work to stabilise and make safe the sinkhole on Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, began last Tuesday using a specialised technique. Compaction grouting involves drilling into the ground and injecting cement at varying depths to compact and solidify the soil. The sinkhole measures 20 metres long by 12 metres wide – about the size of a tennis…

Later opening trial at Tovil HWRC

To help alleviate an increase in usage, Tovil Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) will be open for longer two days a week. Over the past few weeks the site on Burial Ground Lane has seen an excess of 2,000 cars a day. Unfortunately, the increase in use is having a knock-on effect to the…

Hermitage Lane improvement scheme

Work is due to begin next month on the Hermitage Lane improvement scheme. It has been developed to ease the congestion at the entrance to the retail park. The layout will provide a longer dedicated lane for vehicles turning right into the retail park. Kent County Council Project Manager Russell Boorman said: “These changes will…