Speed limit should be raised

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

THE junc­tion 10 round­about is won­der­ful. But I chal­lenge any of your re­porters to stick to the speed limit set be­tween the McDon­ald/French Con­nec­tion round­about and the junc­tion 10 round­about. He or she could try two runs, one to go to the Sev­ing­ton Busi­ness Park and the other on the other lane for through traf­fic. The limit is 30mph but all traf­fic goes much faster than that. I try to keep to the limit, but I am con­stantly pushed to go faster. I usu­ally man­age to keep to un­der 40mph but even then, I can tell that all the other driv­ers are ex­tremely im­pa­tient with me. There are no road­works on most of the road un­til the junc­tion 10 round­about and it is a dual car­riage­way, so why the low limit, as 40mph would be much more sen­si­ble un­til nearly to the mo­tor­way? Even the 50mph limit be­tween the Bren­zett turn-off and the McDon­ald’s round­about is ig­nored by most driv­ers. Just try it. I am sure any­one would fail to obey the lim­its. Jean Rolfe, Kingsnorth Road, Ash­ford

THE pic­ture of the ring road car­ry­ing light traf­fic in 1973 (Re­mem­ber When, March 15) can prob­a­bly be ex­plained by the fact that the road is still un­der con­struc­tion. Many of the houses be­tween God­in­ton Road and the tele­phone ex­change had to be de­mol­ished to make way for the sharp, ad­verse cam­bered bend that we driv­ers know and hate. Gor­don Hunt­ley, Briar Close, Ash­ford

YOU can see from my ad­dress, ev­ery time I need to drive out of the vil­lage I have to go around junc­tion 10 which, quite frankly, has been the bane of my life. Since the re­moval of traf­fic lights from this junc­tion the traf­fic flow has been won­der­ful, with no queues back­ing up to the French Con­nec­tion. I just hope that the High­ways Agency and Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil take note of what ev­ery­one is say­ing. Those of us who live in Sev­ing­ton be­lieve that all the agen­cies in­volved in the lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture have forgotten that there are still peo­ple liv­ing in Sev­ing­ton, who have no op­tion but to use junc­tion 10. The fil­ter lane from Bar­rey Road on to Bad Mun­stereifel Road has im­proved the flow, and I just hope that this will be­come a per­ma­nent fea­ture, once the work on the “magic round­about” is com­pleted in the sum­mer. I watch with in­ter­est the cam­paign in your pa­per. Sue Her­itage, Church Road, Sev­ing­ton, Ash­ford

READ­ING all the let­ters in the Ken­tish Ex­press I think peo­ple are get­ting rather ex­cited about no lights at junc­tion 10. Be­ing on the round­about is rather dif­fer­ent to be­ing on the slip-road, with the vol­ume of traf­fic. I am sure some peo­ple are avoid­ing the area at the mo­ment. You can­not in bad weather, fog, etc, have ve­hi­cles back­ing up on mo­tor­ways. I am sure the High­ways Agency will have some form of traf­fic lights, maybe in peak times. Cau­tion the word. D. Ex­cell, John­son Close, Willes­bor­ough, Ash­ford

Traf­fic mov­ing freely on the Willes­bor­ough round­about at Junc­tion 10

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