Southwards from the ‘Tank’ roundabout over the railway to the ‘Matalan’ roundabout the A28 is a single carriageway that has poor alignment over the railway and has regular congestion and unreliable journey times.
A proposal to change the A28 between the ‘Tank’ and ‘Matalan’ roundabouts into 2 lanes each way is being looked at again following the award of Local Growth Funding from the Department of Transport to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.
The scheme is an improvement of the existing road and it has been determined by the Planning Authority that it is permitted development and does not require planning approval.
The scheme includes:
- changing the A28 into 2 lanes each way between the ‘Tank’ and ‘Matalan’ roundabouts
- improvement of the ‘Tank’ roundabout, ‘Matalan’ roundabout, Loudon Way junction and other intermediate side roads/accesses
- using the existing railway bridge for the northbound carriageway with construction of a new railway bridge to carry the southbound carriageway
- changing the existing highway into 2 lanes each way where possible.
The scheme objectives are:
- to provide improved capacity and safety
- to relieve congestion and give improved and reliable journey times.