Drivers breaking shared space limit
MOST drivers are speeding through the shared space area of Ashford’s Elwick Road, raising questions about the success of the whole scheme.
Speed checks have found that 85 per cent of drivers are travelling at 30mph in the 20mph zone prompting road bosses to install a flashing sign.
Ashford is the first place in the country to adopt a large scale shared space scheme, attracting national publicity and even criticism from the likes of Jeremy Clarkson.
The concept involves removing “clutter” like signs and traffic lights, which increases uncertainty so forces drivers to take more care and slow down. But before the scheme is even completed, signs and signals are creeping back in.
The set of traffic lights opposite Debenhams was not in the original design and now signs are being reintroduced too.
Road bosses will present a report on the scheme to borough councillors on Tuesday.
They will explain the findings of a working group which has recommended the installation of a temporary flashing 20mph sign.
The presentation also outlines the next stages of work, when defects like issues with a
Indu Kumar whose business is suffering because of the closure of the multi-storey car park