Shared space road crossings perillous
I wish to highlight to your readers the danger of the crossings in the shared space scheme in the town centre. Just before Christmas, at about 5pm on a wet and dreary night, I was attempting to cross at the crossing at the bottom of Bank Street opposite Debenhams, when I had to take evasive action to avoid being knocked down by a car turning right into Bank Street.
It was rather worrying as the car appeared to be slowing down and thus I walked out, but it was obvious as I jumped back on to the pavement that he had not seen the crossing in the darkness.
Luckily I wasn’t hurt, but it highlighted two points that your readers and Ashford Borough Council need to be aware of.
First, the crossings are not marked by the normal flashing orange lampposts as they are in normal streets. Thus drivers have to actually notice the markings on the ground to know they are there. Which leads to point two, which is that these markings are faded and dirty; in wet conditions, with the poor lighting at the bottom of Bank Street, they are sometimes very difficult to make out.
Ashford Borough Council or Kent County Council need to re-do the white markings on these crossings and install flashing lampposts on either side of them before someone steps out and gets seriously hurt. Bill Barrett Ashford