Ring Road Benefits




 

 

As seen in the simplified diagram above, traffic from all major spine roads have to traverse at least part of the “Spiders Web” in order to proceed through Maidstone. Traffic alleviated from just one particular road, although it helps, will not solve any of the town centre congestion. Below is a list of the Major benefits of a complete Maidstone Southern Turnpike / Link Road. Many residents I speak to put traffic congestion in Maidstone as their No.1 priority.

 

  • DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENT IN AIR QUALITY IN TOWN THEREBY REDUCING RESPIRATORY ILLNESS AND DEATH CAUSED IN PART BY DIRE POLLUTION LEVELS

  • HUGE DECREASE IN TRAFFIC CONGESTION THROUGH ROADS LEADING TO AND FROM TOWN

  • REDUCTION IN ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS COSTING THE NHS MILLIONS

  • SAFER PEDESTRIAN CROSSING POINTS

  • SAFER CYCLE ROUTES

  • DRASTIC REDUCTION OF ROAD SURFACE REPAIRS COSTING TAXPAYERS HUGE AMOUNTS

  • VASTLY SPEEDING UP EMERGENCY SERVICE VEHICLE RESPONSE TIMES

  • ALLOWING THE INCREASE OF HOUSING (ALREADY AGREED IN THE LOCAL PLAN) TO BE BUILT WITHOUT NEGATIVE CONGESTION AFFECTS, PLUS COMPLETE EXTRA VILLAGES ON MAIN JUNCTIONS WITH SCHOOLS, GP SURGERIES ETC.

  • FASTER JOURNEY TRANSIT TIMES AVOIDING THE ‘SPIDERS WEB’ CENTRE

  • MORE EFFICIENT PUBLIC TRANSPORT, SCHEDULING AND TIMINGS

  • PROPOSED BLANKET 17 TONNE WEIGHT LIMIT (except for night time access) 24 HOURS WITHIN THE RING ROAD

  • PROPOSED 7.5 TONNE WEIGHT LIMIT IN SELECTED RAT RUN ROADS

  • INCREASE IN HOUSE PRICES DUE TO LESS TRAFFIC WITHIN AND SURROUNDING A RING ROAD

  • BIG REDUCTION OF M20 BLACKSPOT CONGESTION FROM JCT 8 (A20) TO JCT 4 (A228)

  • THE CREATION OF HUGE AMOUNT OF LOCAL JOBS AND RELATED TAX RECEIPTS

  • *YALDING FLOOD RELIEF OPTION WITH HYDROELECTRIC POWER GENERATION

 

 

 

M.A.G.I.C. was founded by Cllr Paul Wooding to reinvigorate the stagnating debate regarding all of Maidstone’s road infrastructure condition and state.