Di­ver­sion signs caus­ing prob­lems for HGV driv­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

Re­gard­ing the the clo­sure of Ken­ning­ton Road (Widen­ing ‘pro­gress­ing well’ but prob­lems with signs, KE, Jue 29).

I have been amazed to see HGVs still com­ing down Ken­ning­ton Road from the Wil­lam Har­vey di­rec­tion.

The rea­son is that on the M20 side of the Wil­liam Har­vey mini round­about is a KCC High­ways di­ver­sion sign point­ing across the round­about to Ken­ning­ton Road and im­me­di­ately after that is an­other sign saying road ahead closed.

Nat­u­rally enough driv­ers think the di­ver­sion sign has pri­or­ity and so carry on to Ken­ning­ton Road, ex­pect­ing to see an­other di­ver­sion sign, but there isn’t one.

So driv­ers carry on down to Black­wall Road North, where it is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to turn and go back.

I have helped three HGVs re­v­erse and turn with dif­fi­culty and risk of wall, fence and kerb dam­age.

I tried twice to call the po­lice on 101 but, after wait­ing a long time on each oc­ca­sion, I rang KCC High­ways and spoke to some­one and ad­vised him of the sit­u­a­tion, and he told me that it would sorted out in two days.

Nearly a week later, to­day, on driv­ing up to Tesco’s from my home in King’s Chase, there were three lor­ries and a Ger­man coach com­ing down to­wards the road­works, so ob­vi­ously noth­ing has been done.

I am there­fore hop­ing you may be able to ex­ert some in­flu­ence on KCC High­ways as this could go on un­til Septem­ber, when the work is due to be fin­ished.

The other side of the M20 di­verts traf­fic to go to the Mata­lan round­about, but why?

Why not di­vert traf­fic to junc­tion 9 on the M20? Rod May­nard Kings Chase, Ash­ford

What a waste of money! Ken­ning­ton Road has been like that for years.

As an ex lorry driver I know that there is no such thing as a dan­ger­ous road it’s dan­ger­ous driv­ing that’s the prob­lem.

When driv­ing on a road like that you should ex­pect the un­ex­pected. B. R. Feather­stone South Ash­ford

Pic­ture: Steve Sal­ter FM4824403

Work is pro­gress­ing well on the widen­ing scheme of Ken­ning­ton Road in Willes­bor­ough

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