New premises will be open soon
I WAS disappointed to find only a very short paragraph at the end of an article about The Red Wheelies concerning the opening of our new premises in County Square, Ashford. The Red Wheelies were invited by myself to add interest to the opening of our premises. A tremendous amount of hard work has been put in to acquiring our new premises on the lower level of the new extension to County Square, adjacent to the disabled parking bays in the multistorey car park. We anticipate opening to the public in the second week of December. Until then, we will be operating as normal from our portable cabin in the Vicarage Lane car park. At our official opening, our patron, Amanda Cottrell, and the national federation chairman of Shopmobility joined with many other people who have given us tremendous support. Thanks were expressed to fund-raiser Trevor Measday, Albert Walton, of Parcon Construction, and members of the Ashford Construction Focus Group, along with many local suppliers for donations to the building. Ashford’s Town Centre Partnership has also given us tremendous support and advice. Bryan Strange, chairman, Shopmobility Ashford. times but do nothing but hinder traffic and create congestion during quiet times of the day. It’s poorly signposted on the approach from the A2070 and a lot of people get into the wrong lane or switch at the last minute. It’s not just the signage that causes the problem, there are a lot of people who really should get their eyes tested as they fail to show any ability to read them. I also find there is confusion due to the number of lane changes with no clear indication which lanes traffic should be moving into, something that could be easily resolved by marking out simple “follow me” lines. I don’t know why no feeder lanes exist for traffic turning left at several entry/exit points. Surely that would help keep some of the traffic moving and cut queuing down. Andrew Broughton, Kingsnorth.
IN GENERAL, I think the roundabout works OK but there’s a lot of room for improvement (not least, the drivers using it learning to read and getting in the correct lane). As for removing the lights, I think it could work but there would be a need to reduce the speed of the traffic. One way of doing that would be to do what I have seen in Spain and that is to have speed bumps at the entrance and the exit of the roundabouts. All too often in the UK drivers seem to think that if they are on the roundabout they have a duty to hurry to the next junction before another car can get out. Bill Cummins, South Ashford.
JUNCTION 10 doesn’t work at any level. Since June, two members of my family and I have been hit on this roundabout. People get in the inside lane and then cut in front and race off. The speed limit should be brought down to 30mph and there should be signs saying “get in lane”. Jill Humphreys, Willesborough.
THE redesigned J10 works much better than I expected when the proposed plans were published. The traffic lights are essential so that it is not just the aggressive drivers who can enter the fast-moving traffic on the roundabout. Bill Blark, Kennington.
J10 is much better now that it has been redesigned. The traffic lights are essential to enable the slower-moving traffic, such as learner drivers and lorries, to pull out onto the roundabout, otherwise the traffic backs up, causing dangerous queues onto the motorway. The selfish drivers who voted to keep the lights switched off should remember that our roads are not just for speeding cars and vans, but for lorries too. Peter Fisher, Ashford.
AS A regular user and experienced driver, I find J10 very dangerous. Lane markings are a waste of time as the traffic in front always covers them. So many people end up in the wrong lane. It becomes a free for all. How can a stranger navigate it? Coming off the A2070 to go onto the Folkestonebound M20 safely across lanes is very difficult. Overhead lane markings would make things very much clearer and safer. I think they really are a must. Although at quieter times congestion is better, there are still many occasions when the lights phasing causes gridlock. Why don’t we have part-time signals only on motorway exits? Overall during construction when there were no lights at all, it flowed well and was much safer to navigate. Bill Griggs, Ashford.
I USE this junction at rush hour every working day. If the jumping of red lights could be addressed, I am convinced this would make it run without a problem. Aubrey Buckles.
I GET so frustrated now at any time of the day or night just sitting there waiting for the lights to change. Sometimes late at night trying to get round there you sit there while there is no other traffic. If they won’t turn the lights off, it would help if they were only working during peak times. John Luff.
SINCE the revamp of this roundabout, getting out of the William Harvey Hospital, where I have worked for five years, has improved with the three lanes that have been made. Yes, keep traffic lights, as when they were not working some of the traffic on the slip road off the motorway was not getting the chance to get on the roundabout. There is only one thing they forgot to put back at the top of Bad Munstereifel Road, and that is the yellow box on the roundabout where there are now four lanes. It was after the lights to stop traffic going in this area. The traffic goes through the green lights, even when there is no room, hence causing a backlog of traffic sitting across the main lanes on the roundabout. When the lights change for the main roundabout traffic, it causes a traffic jam around the rest of the roundabout with the cars that need to get to the M20 Hythe Road exit etc. Susan Hayward, Ashford..