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Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

Question by Ian Chittenden to Matthew Balfour, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport

December 9, 2016 10:57 PM

"Will the Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport please say how much money has been allocated by the Chancellor to each of Kent's Districts under his £1.3bn road improvement plan, and say more specifically what he plans to do in the light of those allocations to ensure to ease congestion in Maidstone where there is gridlock on all road approaches and a clear need in the south for a southern link road?"

Answer

In the Autumn statement, new funding of £1.3 billion was announced to help support infrastructure projects on the UK network. I can confirm the following investment in Kent: a 'Local Highways Maintenance - Pothole Fund' of £2.196m. £175m is being made available for 'Road Safety' nationwide and two roads in Kent were highlighted as being of concern, A252 and A290. Bids to this road safety fund will be invited in due course.

An additional £1.1bn will be allocated for local highway improvements under the banner 'Congestion Busting and Repairing Roads'. Further details will be announced in due course. We will submit bids accordingly.

With specific regard to Maidstone, I can confirm that we will continue to progress work to establish the justification for a Leeds-Langley Relief Road between the A20 and A274. This work will be completed ahead of the scheduled first review of the emerging Maidstone Borough Local Plan by 2022 in order to assist decision making on whether such a scheme should form part of the mitigation necessary to support housing and employment growth over the period beyond 2022 to 2031. Until the outcomes of the review are known the County Council has maintained that major development in the south eastern sector of Maidstone should not come forward due to the severe impact it will have on congestion on this part of the highway network.

I will of course let you know about any announcements that affect Kent's' roads.