22 MAR 2013

£5m boost to solve traffic problems at North Farm Industrial Estate

Commenting on today's announcement from the Department for Transport that it will be providing £3.5m towards a £5m scheme to improve the road system on the North Farm Industrial Estate, Greg said:

"One of my top campaigns has been to get the roads around North Farm improved so I am absolutely delighted with this news. The traffic congestion around North Farm Industrial Estate is notorious. Everyone's fed up with the gridlock and it blights the local economy. It is great to be one of only 10 schemes in the country to win this funding – a bid I strongly backed as the constituency MP. In this month we've had the announcement that the A21 dualling public inquiry will begin, and now this major investment in North Farm – there is real momentum behind sorting the traffic chaos in Tunbridge Wells."

Construction is expected to begin in April 2014 and the project is expected to be completed by March 2015.

The funding is being provided under the Department for Transport's Local Pinch Point Fund Scheme. The overall scheme will cost £5m, with Kent Council Council will be contributing £1.5m towards the project.

The proposed scheme aims to improve existing highway capacity by:

  • widening Longfield Road between Dowding Way Roundabout and the A21 Roundabout
  • introducing a new roundabout at Kingstanding Way/Longfield Road junction
  • introducing a new roundabout to replace T-junction at Knights Park /Longfield Road junction
  • providing a gyratory style junction at Great Lodge/Longfield Road junction

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