Drivers meandering on to 70mph road
I felt that I had to write about the accidents at Potters Corner, two in the last week.
It seems to me, as a regular user of both the A20 and Sandyhurst Lane, that the primary problem is caused by drivers turning right out of Sandyhurst Lane without any appreciation of the speed of approaching traffic. They wander out into a 70mph road and then often drive off at only 30-40 mph, causing drivers on the A20 to brake hard and take avoiding action.
The use of signs to warn A20 drivers to reduce their speed is probably pointless and would do nothing to stop drivers turning right dangerously out of Sandyhurst Lane.
Probably the cheapest and most effective way to make this junction safer would be to ban the right turn out of Sandyhurst Lane and force drivers to use the Orchard Heights roundabout, which is quite close. The left turn is safe and has it’s own lane. This would have the added benefit of significantly reducing the use of Sandyhurst Lane as a rat run because it would discourage people who cut through to avoid Drovers roundabout.
I doubt that Sandyhurst Road residents will like this solution but the reduction in traffic would be a bonus that they should appreciate. Martin Turner Ashford