‘In­con­ve­nience’ is the last thing busi­nesses need

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion -

As seems to be the trend with road projects in Ash­ford, work on the New­town bridge is tak­ing longer and cost­ing more than ex­pected. Hav­ing al­ready suf­fered the dis­rup­tion of the ring road works, peo­ple in the town have prob­a­bly come to re­gard th­ese un­ac­cept­able de­lays as the norm. The county coun­cil’s roads chief ad­mits the hold-ups – which he puts down to “an un­for­tu­nate set of cir­cum­stances” – have “caused some in­con­ve­nience”. It is more than un­for­tu­nate and in­con­ve­nient for the busi­nesses who say their trade has suf­fered. They now face an­other 10 weeks of un­cer­tainty, the last thing any busi­nesses needs in the cur­rent eco­nomic cli­mate. Rather than pass­ing the buck over who is to blame, KCC and Net­work Rail should sort out this mess as soon as pos­si­ble.

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