Crash prompts re­newed road safety ac­tion plea

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Waste Collection Latest - By Tim Collins

tcollins@thek­m­ A crash that left a motorcyclist fight­ing for his life has prompted safety calls from con­cerned res­i­dents.

Mem­bers of the Sandy­hurst Lane Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion (SLRA) are re­peat­ing their pre­vi­ous warn­ings about the junc­tion at Pot­ters Cor­ner, where Sandy­hurst Lane meets the A20.

The group say they have been cam­paign­ing for road safety mea­sures to be im­proved at the junc­tion for the past two years.

Their lat­est plea fol­lows a col­li­sion be­tween a biker, be­lieved to be in his 20s, and the driver of a hatch­back car about 4.10pm last Wed­nes­day.

SLRA sec­re­tary David Porter said: “There have been nu­mer­ous road traf­fic ac­ci­dents at this junc­tion and, in the last four years, at least three of th­ese have re­sulted in se­ri­ous in­juries.

“We ini­tially tried to per­suade KCC Traf­fic Schemes to ex­tend the ex­ist­ing 40 mph limit on the A20 to in­clude Pot­ters Cor­ner.

“KCC did not agree to this pro­posal, but did con­cede that the ac­ci­dent record was suf­fi­ciently bad that new road safety mea­sures should be in­tro­duced

“They have pro­posed a scheme to in­stall new static and flash­ing signs on the A20 near the junc­tion, which we were orig­i­nally told would be in­stalled in 2012/13.

“We are now over a quar­ter of the way through that fi­nan­cial year 2013/2014 and still there is no sign of the pro­pos­als be­ing brought for­ward.

“The re­cent se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent high­lights the need for ur­gent ac­tion to be taken.

“Our thoughts are with the those who have been se­ri­ously in­jured, both in the most re­cent ac­ci­dent and on pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions.”

The lat­est crash in­volved the young man, who was rid­ing a black Kawasaki Ninja 900 mo­tor­bike, and a Red Peu­geot 306.

The biker, be­lieved to be in his 20s, was air­lifted to the Royal Lon­don Hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing the crash.

The A20 was closed in both di­rec­tions un­til 7.30pm while emer­gency ser­vices dealt with the crash and cleared the ve­hi­cles.

The biker re­mained in a crit­i­cal but sta­ble con­di­tion as the Ken­tish Ex­press went to print on Wed­nes­day.

Wit­nesses are urged to phone the Kent Po­lice Se­ri­ous Col­li­sion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit on 01622 798538.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM2697295

John Hobbs, left, chair­man of Sandy­hurst Lane Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion, and sec­re­tary David Porter are call­ing for safety mea­sures at Pot­ters Cor­ner

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