‘Clark­son was wrong about traf­fic car­nage’

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

ASH­FORD’S con­tro­ver­sial shared space has passed its first an­niver­sary without a sin­gle in­jury ac­ci­dent – de­spite warn­ings of car­nage by Jeremy Clark­son.

The Top Gear pre­sen­ter had proph­e­sied “mil­lions man­gled in a Jaguar dance of death” in the con­tro­ver­sial scheme, which gives equal pri­or­ity to pedes­tri­ans and traf­fic.

But Ash­ford’s Joint Trans­porta­tion Board heard that there had been no in­jury ac­ci­dents since the scheme be­gan in Novem­ber, 2008.

Cllr Michael Claughton (Con) told the meet­ing: “This is de­spite the pre­dic­tions of whole­sale car­nage that was go­ing to take place on the streets of Ash­ford by a cer­tain well-known TV pre­sen­ter named Jeremy Clark­son.”

The celebrity made his re­marks in his Sun col­umn last year and jokes had also been made in the satir­i­cal TV show, Have I Got News for You.

Co­me­dian Jack Dee had said that pedes­tri­ans should main­tain eye con­tact with driv­ers as they “roll right across the bon­net”.

A re­port to the com­mit­tee also showed that speeds had been re­duced. The limit is 20mph but a stag­ger­ing 85 per cent of driv­ers had been go­ing at 30mph last De­cem­ber, with the av­er­age cut to 26.15mph by Fe­bru­ary.

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