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New road to ease congestion on business estate

Fri 17 January 2020, 10:29 am

Plans have been announced for a new slip road on the Medway City Estate to help ease congestion in the area, following an injection of 1.7m funding.

It follows a decision by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) that the Local Growth Fund (LGF) money could be used to develop transport improvements on the business estate. 

The money will help create a new slip road to bypass the roundabout from Medway City Estate onto Berwick Way, aiming to help traffic leave the estate more easily during peak evening times.

Phase one of the project was completed in late 2017 that included the installation of traffic lights and alterations to the Anthonys Way-Berwick Way roundabout to alleviate some of the congestion experienced, especially during peak hours.

The council consulted with businesses on the estate to get views on what further measures could be taken to help ease congestion. Following the consultation, the council submitted a business case to SELEP to develop the second project phase of creating the slip road.

Councillor Phil Filmer, the council’s portfolio holder for frontline services, said: “We are committed to doing all we can to help improve journey times for people who work on Medway City Estate. 

“I am pleased we have been successful in obtaining approval from SELEP for the development and implementation of the phase two works which will introduce a dedicated slip road for motorists leaving the estate. We hope this will further alleviate congestion at peak times.”

Christian Brodie, chairman of SELEP, said: “By improving the flow of traffic in and out of the estate, businesses located there, as well as those who supply it, will be more productive and that is why it is important for the South East LEP to support these road improvements.”

Detailed surveying and ground investigation works will be carried out to finalise plans, and work is due to begin on the new slip road towards the end of 2020.

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