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Highways Agency Highlight Serious Traffic Congestion Re Lodge Hill

In a response by the Highways Agency to the Land Securities planning application they highlight how serious the traffic congestion could be at the junction of the A2 /M2. if plans go ahead to build a new town at Lodge Hill. They also highlight errors in calculations to properly assess traffic volumes.

With only one road on and off the Hoo peninsula, home to some 11,000 residents, Kent’s largest container port and many other road reliant businesses, it is absolutely vital that an accurate assessment of the traffic situation is submitted to the authority. This planning application should be withdrawn and a full detailed consultation undertaken.

The transport assessment indicates that the A2/M2 will suffer a material impact from the proposed development.

Due to errors within the capacity assessments presented of A2 / M2 junction 1, these are not able to be acceptable. These should be reviewed, corrected and revised assessments presented to the Highways Agency.

The assessments currently presented do however indicate that element of the A2 / M2 junction 1, interchange will be overloaded. The transport Assessment has suggested that potentially a ramp metering scheme could be introduced for the A289 approach. A potential layout and assessment of this scheme has not however been presented. If the applicants wish to take forward this option, further details and evidence supporting such a response will need to be provided.

The Transport assessment suggests that the operation of the Junction 1, westbound diverge will be monitored to see whether upgrade is required. It is not clear how the upgrade will be monitored and funded. Therefore further information should be provided.

We also consider that the developer should provide details of the additional trips that are predicted to be generated by the proposed development at M2 junctions 2 and 3, both on the mainline carriageways, the slip roads and turning movements at the junctions. If the development traffic flows at these junctions exceeds 30 two way vehicle trips in an hour, junction and merge / diverge capacity assessments should be undertaken. The requirements is in accordance with the Highways Agency Protocol for dealing with Planning applications.

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8 Responses to Highways Agency Highlight Serious Traffic Congestion Re Lodge Hill

  1. Grant Hawkes says:

    I have to agree with all of your comments, especially Malcoms ‘I smell a very large rat’ comment. I think that the way that infrastructure has been ‘laid’ out in the short time I have lived here, I would bet that the government would not just stop with a housing developement…

  2. Malcolm Coomber says:

    I smell a very large rat. Perhaps Medway Councillors “other” interests warrant some investigating.

  3. Malcolm Coomber says:

    Ahead of the extended consultation closing date,the council have gone through the back door and rubber stamped the Outline Planning application in principal.I read this as the project cannot now be stopped,but only amended.

    Democracy….what democracy?

    • What sort of message does Medway Council think its sending the voters of the Peninsula, approving outline planning permission for Lodge Hill ahead of the closure of the consultation period. ??
      Poor and very little consultation or publicity is something we definitely don’t want, Or for that matter a council that doesn’t understands the needs of the Peninsula.

      I feel let down !!
      The Parish Council will still submit its revised response to the consultation before the deadline but will Medway Council take any notice!!
      I doubt it !!

  4. Marty & Sarah Hales says:

    Coincidently, before seeing this we have just said as much regarding the traffic concerns and suggestions that the area would best suit a country park rather than a densley populated small town. We have tonight submitted our opposition to the development as it stands on the planning application with Medway Council. Lets hope that notice is taken of all the concerns now being raised by the various agencies. The same could equally be applied to the constant bombardment concerning the dreaded airport proposals!!!

  5. Malcolm Coomber says:

    16th December.
    I see from the local press that the consultation period has been extended and that the Police have now said that they would not be able to cope with the increase in crime that this development would produce.Originally it was said that this development could not be stopped,but with all of these prominent objectors coming forward at the eleventh hour,surely anything is possible.As its been said before,this area would be a great asset to the Medway Towns as a large park and recreational area, instead of covering it with concrete.Regarding the need for housing etc,you only have to look around at all the brown field sites not being utilised locally.

    • Here Here !!
      Highways agency say M2 A2 junction 1 will not cope in present form.
      RSPB, KCC, KWT Have grave doubts over way the Land Securities have carried out wildlife surveys.
      Their first move will be shifting 4 Elms Roundabout to accommodate new access road. Can you imaging the disruption to the A228.


  6. Still time to have your say.. come along to the next parish council meeting on 14th December where the application will be discussed.

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