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£3.5m bid lined up to improve two of Kent’s most dangerous A-roads

PUBLISHED: 15:01 13 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:01 13 September 2017

KCC is looking to improve two of the county's most dangerous roads

KCC is looking to improve two of the county's most dangerous roads

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If funding is agreed, highways chiefs say work could begin early next year

A £3.5m bid is being launched by the county council to improve two of Kent’s most dangerous A-roads.

The Department for Transport (DfT) is inviting proposals from highway authorities across the country to improve the safety of 50 specific sections of local A-roads, where the risk of fatal and serious collisions is highest, based on the analysis by the Road Safety Foundation.

Kent County Council is set to agree at its environment and transport cabinet committee next week to seek the capital funding from the government’s Safer Roads Fund for work on the A252 between Charing and Chilham and the A290 between Canterbury and Whitstable.

Officers are currently refining the bid details, but if successful, the scheme will involve a variety of interventions along each route including measures to improve visibility, refreshing of lines and cat’s eyes and improving street lighting at junction intersections.

It comes after KCC revealed last week almost 200 people aged between 16 and 24 have been killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads in the past three years.

A report due to be discussed by councillors notes: “This is an important opportunity to gain additional capital funding to improve the highway and reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on

two of Kent’s key routes.

“The schemes have been developed through support from the Road Safety Foundation and we are confident that a strong bid will be submitted although we will need to await a decision in the autumn.

“By giving the director of Highways Transportation and Waste delegated authority to proceed with the bid and the implementation of the scheme, officers will be in a position to commence work on the schemes as soon as funds are available, as with many funding opportunities from the DfT there will be a limited window in which the funds can be spent.

“The programme of works has been developed and some preliminary work has already been done in order to submit the bid and there is confidence the scheme could start early in 2018 if the funding is agreed.”

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