Shop­pers shaken up by ‘bru­tal’ su­per­mar­ket speed de­ter­rent

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A new speed bump de­signed to slow down su­per­mar­ket shop­pers has been de­scribed as ‘bru­tal’ on so­cial me­dia.

The con­crete ramp has been in­stalled on the bend into the main car park of Tesco Ex­tra in Park Farm, be­hind the petrol sta­tion.

A pedes­trian cross­ing has been in place there for some time, but the new hump with road mark­ings has at­tracted a wave of crit­i­cism, with some say­ing there is not enough warn­ing of the high bump.

One shop­per said on Face­book: “Tesco Park Farm have in­stalled a new ramp on the bend at the en­trance to the main car park … it is bru­tal!

“There are cur­rently no warn­ing signs as it has just been com­pleted. I went over it at 10mph … Re­ally shook me up!

“Not sure how a car loaded down with shop­ping will get over it!”

Scores of peo­ple also com­mented, with an­other say­ing: “I went over it this morn­ing in my Range Rover and it shook my car up!

“Quite sur­prised it hasn’t ripped some­one’s bumper off or un­der­neath of the car, es­pe­cially a lit­tle one.”

One said: “It is very high. I’m sure Tesco will be re­ceiv­ing many com­plaints.”

An­other agreed say­ing: “It seems higher than other ramps.”

Some viewed the speed de­ter­rent dif­fer­ently, say­ing: “Don’t for­get when and if Domino’s opens till 2am it will at­tract boy rac­ers and drifters. This could be to stop them en­ter­ing the main car park as their cars are very low to the ground.”

An­other said: “No ob­jec­tion to speed humps if well marked, but they can be dan­ger­ous for mo­tor­cy­clist if they are not, es­pe­cially if wet.”

One driver said: “It’s no dif­fer­ent to Park Farm es­tate ones. At least ev­ery­one knows about it now though.”

Af­ter vis­it­ing the site, Ken­tish Ex­press reporter Molly Mile­ham-Chap­pell said: “The ramp ap­pears to have been built up quite high, and you can see and hear cars scrap­ing their bumpers, even when driv­ing at what ap­pears to be a slow speed.

“As of yet, there ap­pears to be no signs in­di­cat­ing the ramp it­self, only a pedes­trian cross­ing sign tucked around the cor­ner out of view of the speed bump.”

Tesco said: “We are al­ways work­ing to en­sure our car parks are as safe as pos­si­ble.

“This week, work is tak­ing place to in­stall a speed bump on a pedes­trian cross­ing at our Park Farm Ex­tra store.

“In ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing 5mph speed limit sig­nage, we are fit­ting signs to alert driv­ers to the cross­ing.”

‘I’m quite sur­prised it hasn’t ripped some­one’s bumper off or the un­der­neath of their car’

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group.co.uk

The new speed bump at Tesco Ex­tra Park Farm

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