I pre­dicted risks of re­tail park junc­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

Fur­ther to Vicky Cas­tle’s ar­ti­cle in the Ken­tish Ex­press on March 16, “40mph limit to ease fears at ‘night­mare’ junc­tion”, I wrote in many years ago re­gard­ing the Sev­ing­ton Re­tail Park junc­tion – and my let­ter was ac­tu­ally en­ti­tled ‘An Ac­ci­dent Wait­ing to Hap­pen’. I had re­cently moved to Ash­ford and I had never en­coun­tered a junc­tion like this – where you had to join a dual car­riage­way with­out a run-in /slip road. At the time I stated the risk of what would hap­pen if your ve­hi­cle was to stall when cross­ing into or ex­it­ing out of the Re­tail Park. Need­less to say, noth­ing was ever done to im­prove this junc­tion since then.

Ob­vi­ously as the years have passed, and the town has been boosted by more peo­ple, and the num­ber of re­tail units there have ex­panded, the queues are ob­vi­ously now much longer to en­ter and exit the re­tail park.

I do feel that if the lat­est idea of a 40mph limit along the dual car­riage­way is en­forced then this will cause even longer queues ex­it­ing and en­ter­ing the re­tail park.

Since the traf­fic will no doubt be at sim­i­lar speeds, rather than traf­fic at more vari­able speeds as they are now and which cur­rently makes it some­what eas­ier to try and merge into the traf­fic.

Also, I pre­sume the idea of im­ple­ment­ing speed cam­eras, will not pri­mar­ily be from a safety point of view but to gen­er­ate more in­come for High­ways Eng­land.

I to­tally agree with pre­vi­ous read­ers’ sug­ges­tion of im­ple­ment­ing a slip road, as there seems to be more than enough space on the large verge to the left-hand side of the exit of the re­tail park, and this would be a much safer op­tion, although this does not ad­dress the ve­hi­cles that have to wait to cross the dual car­riage­way to en­ter the re­tail park. The other al­ter­na­tive of traf­fic lights on both sides to al­low for en­ter­ing and ex­it­ing the re­tail park would also be a safer op­tion.

As I pre­vi­ously stated – I hope there is a sen­si­ble so­lu­tion to re­duce the queues, and

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