Cones would worsen re­tail park prob­lems

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

In re­ply to the letter from John Clay­ton last week (Cones Are Solution To Re­tail Park Grief), re­gard­ing the Sev­ing­ton Re­tail Park exit prob­lems, I fore­see all sorts of prob­lems with his sug­ges­tion.

If there were cones down the mid­dle of the car­riage­way at the speed many driv­ers go on that road (70mph and more) the cones would be sent fly­ing, caus­ing chaos.

Lor­ries com­ing out of the Truck­stop go slow to get up the hill, so im­pa­tient driv­ers would still go on the in­side lane to pass them, and then carry on straight.

If the line of cones car­ried on past the junc­tion, the traf­fic would have to ne­go­ti­ate lane-cross­ing with driv­ers in the out­side lane want­ing to go to the left for Ash­ford, Can­ter­bury or the north­bound M20, and driv­ers in the in­side lane want­ing to go to the right. As it is, any­one com­ing out of the re­tail park and want­ing to go south has to go up to the Junc­tion 10 round­about just to get back to where they started.

And has Mr Clay­ton tried to get round the McDon­ald’s round­about? It is so busy now, and would be much worse with his idea, es­pe­cially with all the traf­fic com­ing out of the new Fin­berry es­tate.

I as­sume that as Mr Clay­ton lives in Great Chart he doesn’t travel that road too much, un­less he works on the Or­bital Park. But even then he wouldn’t need to use the A2070 as he could go to­wards the sta­tion.

When the re­tail park and the A2070 were first built many peo­ple could see prob­lems and asked for ei­ther a round­about or traf­fic lights at that junc­tion.

We were told that there was no room for a round­about, but said noth­ing about lights. This has been go­ing on for many years, be­fore many peo­ple us­ing the road moved into the area. Do the pow­ers that be have to wait for some­one to die be­fore any­thing else is done? Mrs Jean Rolfe Kingsnorth Road, Ash­ford. HGV, that is all that gets through, due to slower speed.

As a re­sult the queue forms in lane one or on the hard shoul­der, de­pend­ing on, I guess, who makes the ini­tial de­ci­sion.

On Tues­day evening of last week the queue on the M20 was back level with Gi­vau­dan and traf­fic in lane two con­tin­ued to speed past with peo­ple cut­ting in at the last minute. The for­eign trucks were tak­ing to lane three in a bid to avoid slow­ing.

As I say, it isn’t a ques­tion of if, it’s a ques­tion of when, in terms of a ma­jor in­ci­dent.

My view is and al­ways has been that junc­tion 10 flows bet­ter when the lights are faulty. Richard Lloyd Ash­ford for Cllr Jenny Webb’s de­ter­mi­na­tion and thought­ful­ness for res­i­dents’ needs, that have re­sulted in per­suad­ing Cllr Ge­orge Koowa­ree in part­ing with our money to un­der­take and give the go-ahead for this scheme, work on which starts very soon. San­dra Tay­lor Ash­ford

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