Historic Maidstone



SO MUCH HAS BEEN PROMISED BY SO MANY, FOR SO LONG

 

In the pictures below, note the lack of traffic on the roads, especially in town. Emphasis in the 1950’s was put on duelling roads in the centres of towns to alleviate traffic. Future house building, technology, motor car advances, cars per household and traffic volume were not considered.

Roads layout designs for Maidstone built before the 1800’s haven’t changed significantly in routing. Planning authorities in MBC and Highways in KCC were probably unaware in the 50’s, 60’s & 70,s of the rapid advance in motor vehicle technology that has led to our traffic clogged roads.

TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN MAIDSTONE HAS FOR SO LONG BEEN REMEMBERED, AS TO BE ENTIRELY FORGOTTEN

If action were to have taken place then, things would be a lot different today.

M.A.G.I.C. believes that if the issue of a complete Southern Link Road is not on any Local Authority agenda for debate within the next few years, our local politicians will not have learned the mistakes of the past….. and in 25 years from now, (when Maidstone’s road congestion will be completely traffic gridlocked), residents, voters and Councillors are more than likely to blame the shortsightedness and inactivity of today’s politicians.

Maidstone Bridge around the time of WW1 (Note the tank)

 

The Wheatsheaf before traffic lights……..A ROUNDABOUT !!

 

Hillman Imp patrolling the High Street

 

 

 

The Parkwood electric tram travelling up the Loose Road, (at The Wheatsheaf), before traffic lights were installed !

 

Parkwood bus travelling DOWN Gabriels hill.

 

Barming Bull Inn terminus

 

Fairmeadow, (now part of the A229 Royal Engineers Way). The public swimming baths were on the left in this picture. How many cars ?

 

Maidstone Bridge, (when there was just one), in 1916 and again not much traffic.

 

Maidstone Bridge again, but in the 1960’s

 

1891……..and it’s Stone Street