Driv­ers break­ing shared space limit

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sarah Mar­shall smar­shall@thek­m­group.co.uk

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

Pic­ture: Dave Downey pd1510671

Indu Ku­mar whose busi­ness is suf­fer­ing be­cause of the clo­sure of the multi-storey car park

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