03 MAY 2016

London Road traffic update from Helen Grant MP

Maidstone, Kent 03-05-16: Local MP Helen Grant has been pursuing the developers for a resolution to the traffic chaos caused by the works at the Beaver Road junction with the A20 in Allington, Maidstone.

Helen said 'I have finally received a progress report from Barratt Homes which I hope will give local residents some relief. The Site Manager for the Barratt Homes site wrote to me responding to my concerns and apologised for the inconvenience the traffic management systems has caused.

He has also set out provisions the company are making to keep traffic flowing but I will be closely monitoring the situation. If I receive any further reports of poor traffic management and safety issues from local residents I will be back onto Barratt Homes immediately'.

Mitch Bibby, Site Manager at The Orchards said:

"We are very aware of the traffic issues being caused by the temporary roadworks and apologise for any inconvenience this is causing.

"We have implemented several procedures to improve traffic management and reduce the delays as much as possible. We now have men stationed along the A20 and are working with the traffic police to make sure that real-time traffic information reaches us and we can reconfigure the traffic lights to reduce congestion whenever possible.

"First and foremost we are working hard to bring forward our completion date for the project. Next week we are meeting the local highways authorities to see if the other contractors involved can also finish their work ahead of schedule. In addition we will see if it is possible to open up two-way traffic on the A20 before the rest of the works are completed.

"We appreciate the community's patience and understanding – we are doing everything we can to finish ahead of schedule and in the meantime mitigate the effects on local traffic."

ENDS

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