Shared space road cross­ings per­il­lous

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Happy Ending After Puppies Stolen -

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

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