Driv­ers break­ing 20mph speed limit

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­group.co.uk

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

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