Drivers breaking 20mph speed limit
THE results of further surveys on speeding on Ashford’s controversial shared space will be revealed in the New Year.
Councillors heard that a weeklong study was planned after initial checks proved that several drivers were breaking the limit.
Jamie Watson, Kent County Council project implementation manager, told a joint transportation board meeting: “We hope in mid to late January to have results of a week-long survey on speeds.”
A report to the meeting said that an initial survey showed 85 per cent of drivers were travelling at 30mph in the 20mph zone in the scheme’s Elwick Road area.
The report, discussed at Ashford Civic Centre, said that plans were afoot to place 20mph flashing signs. Yet despite continued controversy over the scheme councillors at the meeting supported it.
Borough Cllr Gerry Clarkson (Con) said: “You are going to have this doom and gloom from so many people but it has been a complex scheme.
“We have to wait to see the outcome of shared space. I think the majority of people thing a good job has been done.”
County Cllr Derek Smyth (Lab) said: “It is inevitable that people will complain because they are not used to it.”
The scheme, predominantly a Kent County Council one, has also been robustly defended with KCC leader Paul Carter describing it as “brave and bold.”
Jamie Watson, project implementation manager for the ring road changes, said results from speed surveys should be available soon