Road closure risks disruption
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
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