Consultation launched after experimental traffic orders introduced in Maidstone

No right turn sign

A consultation has been launched into experimental measures introduced by Kent County Council (KCC) to help reduce congestion in part of Maidstone town centre.

An Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) has been implemented to enforce a clockwise one-way route with a no right turn into Hart Street from Barker Road.

It is hoped the move will mean traffic near the junction of Hart Street, which backs up onto the A20 The Broadway, will be minimised easing stress on the Maidstone Bridge Gyratory and improving flows on Barker Road and within the Lockmeadow estate.

KCC’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, David Brazier, said: “These improvements are needed to help reduce congestion at the junction of Hart Street, which backs up on to the A20 The Broadway, impacting on the Maidstone Bridge Gyratory.

“Following conversations between my officers and their colleagues at Maidstone Borough Council, I am pleased we can bring forward the implementation of these proposals.

“I would encourage anyone impacted by these experimental measures to share their views through the public consultation.”

KCC officers also installed a permanent mini roundabout at the southern end of Barker Road and Hart Street but this is outside of the ETRO and not within the scope of the public consultation.

The consultation, available at, will run for six months from today [17 February] to 16 August 2023.

For queries or requests for hard copies, email or call 03000 41 81 81 referencing ’Hart Street ETRO’.

For alternative formats, email or call 03000 42 15 53 (text relay service number 18001 03000 42 15 53). This number goes to an answering machine, which is monitored during office hours.


  • Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (ETROs) can last for up to 18 months and while in force any changes are monitored and assessed, with the possibility for further changes to made if necessary. Residents, local businesses and other interested parties may submit their support or objection to an ETRO at any time within the consultation period. Once the consultation period has closed all comments will be reviewed and reported for consideration of the next steps. A decision will be made on whether to make the order permanent or abandon it. Enforcement action may be taken against anyone contravening an ETRO while it is in place.