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Maidstone council's integrated transport strategy includes roads redesign, a new park and ride, Oyster cards and even river taxis

29 January 2014
by Alan Smith

Will Maidstone get its own Oyster cards

Will Maidstone get its own Oyster cards?

Maidstone council has a vision.

It includes a county town version of London’s Oyster card for public transport, a new park and ride at Linton Crossroads and river-taxis on the Medway.

There are more concrete plans to alter the town centre bridge gyratory system so that traffic from the south of Maidstone could proceed straight on towards Blue Bell Hill without first crossing and re-crossing the River Medway.

It also wants to “refresh” - ie increase - the borough’s car parking charges so as to discourage long-stay parking.

The “vision for an integrated transport strategy” states that by 2031, Maidstone will have a transport network that “supports a prosperous economy and provides genuine transport choices to help people make more journeys by sustainable modes such as public transport, walking and cycling.”

Cllr Chris Garland has a vision

Cllr Chris Garland has a vision

Council Leader Chris Garland (Con) said: “Maidstone is prosperous with a growing economy. "We have given our officers the go ahead to work with KCC and others to reach the agreements needed to improve highway capacity, air quality and transport choice so that Maidstone can grow and become more prosperous.”

The cabinet approved the strategy on Monday.

Its “essential” elements include:

• A more targeted park and ride service, with new and/or improved sites at M20 Junction 7     and at Linton Crossroads on the A229.

• Bus priority measures.

• Highway improvements at the bridges gyratory

• Increased bus frequencies (to at least one every seven minutes) on radial routes serving      the town centre;

• Improving the walking and cycling infrastructure

• A car-sharing initiative with local employers

* Increased long-stay car parking charges and reduced parking supply to promote the use      of park and ride

Unfortunately, the only measure directly in the control of the borough council is the car-parking charges.

KCC is the highway authority. They wrote to the borough council demanding the strategy be removed from the cabinet’s agenda, because they could not support it. 

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