‘Clarkson was wrong about traffic carnage’
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.