Road Improvements

A249 ~ Bearsted Road Improvement Scheme

You may have received a flyer recently from KCC and/or visited the ‘Drop-in Briefing’ on 6th November at the Marriott Tudor Park Hotel.
The link below takes you to further information about the roadworks planned for the A249/Bearsted Road area due to begin next summer and last for about 18 months. These works will therefore start before completion of the M20 Smart motorway works. We understand that diversions will not be used; much of the work will be done at night, and “people will be left to find their own way”.

The Proposal
The A249 Bearsted Road is busy and traffic numbers will continue to increase through general development growth. Therefore the objective is to increase the capacity of the road to improve traffic flow by providing increased junction capacity at either roundabout and widen the carriageway between the two junctions. The route is constrained in terms of available land but the outline design phase has assessed widening the carriageway within the highway boundary on the northern side of Bearsted Road to maximise the benefits of the scheme.
Unfortunately trees and vegetation will need to be removed to accommodate the junction enlargement and widening, however every effort will be made to re-plant where possible to ensure the scheme is sympathetic to its surroundings.

The Project Manager is Russell Boorman.
We understand that the current access to Notcutts will become pedestrianised, with a pedestrian/cycle route added along the north side of Bearsted Road, and a Pelican or Puffin Crossing from New Cut Road to cross Bearsted Road. The main access to that area will be via the existing road towards KIMS with a new left turn into Notcutts etc. before the existing right turn into the Cygnet hospital.
A campaign to publicise these works at least three months prior to the start will be carried out by KCC via local radio, the Kent Messenger, Downs Mail, notices at bus stops and also roadside signs.
Contact details are as follows and, if you drive through or near the area we would suggest that you register for email updates:-

View the scheme