Driv­ers me­an­der­ing on to 70mph road

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - New Arrivals -

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

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