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Roundabout proposed at entrance to South Aylesford Retail Park

Kent County Council is looking to build a roundabout on the A20 London Road in Aylesford at the junction with the South Aylesford Retail Park, also known as Quarry Wood.

The scheme would see an additional lane on Mills Road and an additional lane on the roundabout between Mills Road and the A20 west, but would result in the removal of the existing traffic lights.

KCC is proposing a roundabout instead of the existing traffic light controlled crossroads
KCC is proposing a roundabout instead of the existing traffic light controlled crossroads

The county believes the new design would improve traffic capacity, but the controlled pedestrian crossing points would need to be moved further back along the approach arms.

The authority has used its traffic modelling programme to predict results and found the junction would operate better as a roundabout with no more than seven cars queuing even during rush hour.

Queues on Hall Road are predicted to be greatly reduced.

There have in the past been occasions when traffic from the retail park has been completely gridlocked and unable to join the main road.

The KCC's cabinet member for highways, Cllr Michael Payne, said: "This £3.5 million pound scheme, together with the new Coldharbour Roundabout scheme, has been designed to accommodate the potential increase in traffic over the next 30 years, including the proposal to build new housing on the White Post Field off Hermitage Lane.

"The scheme would include new sustainable drainage designed to reduce flooding on London Road and the proposed roundabout has been designed to retain the existing bus stops."

The design for the roundabout
The design for the roundabout

If the scheme is approved following a period of public consultation, KCC plans to start construction first on the Coldharbour Roundabout in the spring this year, with this scheme following in the summer.

Both will take a year to complete.

The public can give their views during a consultation that runs until March 18.

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