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Bowaters roundabout in Gillingham will close for improvements

By Amy Nickalls

Bowaters roundabout in Gillingham will be closed for four nights as work is carried out to improve the layout.

From September 18 to 23 the roads will be shut from 8pm each night.

The busy roundabout is said to strike fear into learner drivers.

Emma Ashley
Emma Ashley

Driving instructor Emma Ashley thinks the makeover can only make the roundabout easier to follow.

She told the Messenger: “Looking at the plans it looks like a good idea but it’s pretty much impossible to tell until it’s done. The general consensus is it’s a good idea. It’s going to become a spiral roundabout but it still doesn’t make it clear where you need to be for the superstore.

“They seem to be trying to make the roads more flowing and make it easier to get in and out of Twydall.

“It’s going to change the way we teach people how to use it. It’s the right thing to do.”

New spiral lanes will be put in between each junction to guide drivers into the correct lanes.

Signs will be put on the side of the road and new text markings will be written in the lanes telling road users which lane they need to be in.

Between the exits for Gillingham and Twydall, the inside lane is being removed and hatch markings will be put in.

Hatch markings will also appear to block the outside lane between the exit and entrance from Hoath Way. The A278 Hoath Way will also be closed northbound and southbound which is likely to cause congestion.

A Medway Council spokesman said: “Highway works are due to be undertaken to help improve motorists’ understanding of the road layout, as well as lane discipline.

“This work is being carried out after we looked at the safety record of the junction and received feedback from residents and driving schools.”

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