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Medway Lib Dems propose major changes to the Road provisions in the HIF consultation

April 11, 2021 11:15 PM
By Andrew Millsom/John Castle

Hoo ConsultationMedway Lib Dems have reviewed the proposals in the Hoo - Routes to Good Growth consultation document and made a comprehensive submission to the HIF Team. The proposals in the consultation document were found to be weak and deemed poor in their effectiveness in serving the residents of Hoo and the surrounding areas. Our proposals are intended to be constructive.

In our view the lack of ambition shown, combined with proposals that are unacceptable for a variety of reasons make the highway section far weaker than the proposed rail infrastructure.

The proposed flyover at Wainscott is unnecessary and we have objected to it. The use of the existing military road is not a viable option and the junction is very poorly designed.

The current proposed changes to the Four Elms Roundabout will not serve the long term needs of Hoo or the surrounding areas of Medway. There is already a traffic flow problem that this roundabout significantly contributes towards, and the predictable increase in traffic from additional housing in Hoo means that the proposals do not go far enough. Our submission recommends a grade separated junction at Four Elms roundabout. This would require a dual carriageway flyover and the roundabout changed to a gyratory. The upgrade shall improve traffic flow at this is major junction and is, therefore, very much justified.

Linked to the traffic flow problems we have also recommended changes to the Sans Pareil roundabout to provide a grade separated junction.

The proposed road through Deangate is unacceptable for a variety of reasons. It will not adequately serve as an arterial road and it is placed in an area not suitable to be a feeder road for housing. The area it runs through should form part of a large country park covering Deangate, Lodge Hill SSSI and Great Chattenden Wood SSSI.