Road clo­sure risks dis­rup­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

With ref­er­ence to your ar­ti­cle (Main road closed for the sum­mer, KE, April 6), whilst up­grad­ing Ken­ning­ton Road, Willes­bor­ough (the A2070), is long over­due, clos­ing the road for most of the sum­mer, has this sunk-in to peo­ple as to just how se­ri­ously dis­rup­tive this is go­ing to be.

What we don’t know is that whilst the work is in progress will pedes­tri­ans be able to get through, and what about cy­clists? At present, it is pos­si­ble (though not bril­liant) for Ken­ning­to­ni­ans to cy­cle to the Wil­liam Har­vey Hospi­tal. If not, then the nec­es­sary de­tour will be con­sid­er­able. Will fac­tory work­ers be able to get to and from work at places like Batch­e­lors and Gi­vau­dan, or will they be obliged to make a huge de­tour. Na­tional Cy­cle route 18 passes through this way, which is an im­por­tant route for both do­mes­tic and long dis­tant tourists to and from Canterbury. What steps have been taken to make their life as lit­tle dis­rupted as pos­si­ble?

There can be no doubt that there will be a con­sid­er­able in­crease in traf­fic in Canterbury and Hythe Road, Clos­ing the A2070 over the sum­mer could cause huge prob­lems, es­pe­cially for cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans, says Ted Prangnell and the emer­gency ser­vices will be se­ri­ously af­fected.

Peo­ple have a right to be con­cerned. Ted Prangnell Ken­ning­ton

Lit­tle and Of­ten in Bank Street

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