A28 Chart Road details to go on show

Further details on the road widening of the A28 Chart Road in Ashford will be going on show next week.

Kent County Council announced earlier this year a £32 million project to widen Chart Road between the Tank and Matalan roundabouts.

It comes in preparation for the Chilmington Green development which will see around 5,750 homes being built over the next 25 years.






People will be able to get an update on the Chart Road scheme at Singleton Environment Centre on July 19 and at Godinton Village Hall on July 20.

Visitors on July 19 will also be able to take part in the Chilmington Green draft Community Development Strategy consultation being held by Ashford Borough Council and its community partners.

It takes place between 4.30pm and 7pm at the Wesley School Road venue (TN23 5LW).

Kent County Council’s event on July 20 takes place between 3.30pm and 6.30pm at Godinton Village Hall on Loudon Way (TN23 3JJ).

Subject to the acquisition of the remaining parcels of land required for the scheme, which is well underway, construction work is expected to start in early 2018 and take about 18 months to complete.

Should voluntary land acquisition not be possible, and in order to safeguard the construction programme, a Compulsory Purchase Order was published in May.

If KCC has to use its compulsory purchase powers, then the start of the scheme may be delayed until 2019.

Funding for the project has been secured by Kent County Council, with £10.2 million coming from the Local Growth fund obtained from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership and the remainder through the Chilmington Green developers.

It will include 1.2km of new dual carriageway, improvements to the existing junctions and a new bridge over the railway line.

Over the next few months there may be additional site surveys and investigations being carried out by KCC’s contractor Jackson to gather more detailed information about the site to mitigate the construction risks.

These include further trial holes to confirm ground conditions and position of utility apparatus, additional drainage surveys and ground investigations in the vicinity of the new railway bridge.


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