We need some for­ward think­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

AL­THOUGH a free leaflet on sug­gested cy­cle routes in this part of the bor­ough is avail­able at lo­cal tourist in­for­ma­tion and on­line, a for­ward-think­ing town needs of­fi­cial routes ra­di­at­ing out just as the roads do. On a re­cent trip to Ger­many, I no­ticed that even the small­est vil­lages have of­froad cy­cle links. Back home, lack of funds seems to have cre­ated an ei­ther/or sit­u­a­tion with main­tain­ing the high­ways and all I can con­clude is that we must spend more on other things such as wars. Ash­ford is bet­ter than many Ken­tish towns but the ex­pan­sion should en­able us to plan for all modes of trans­port, al­though I would ar­gue that with the cat­a­lyst for ex­pan­sion (the Eurostar ser­vice) halved, surely half of the ear­marked green fields are now saved. This is just as well if Kent has to find room for a huge con­crete lorry park. Many Euro­pean towns have trams too. I still like the idea of tram lines down the mid­dle of the tree-lined av­enues that the ring road is to be­come with spurs to the de­signer out­let and cin­ema, giv­ing the town a real fea­ture – per­haps even as fa­mous as the ring road was! Adam Colton, West View, Ham­street, Ash­ford.

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