‘Death trap’ road to have 40mph limit in­tro­duced

A2070 speed re­duc­tion for six months dur­ing sur­vey works Chappell

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View - By Molly Mile­ham-

The new 40mph speed limit on the A2070 is set to be in­tro­duced later this month.

High­ways Eng­land in­tends to make an or­der for the speed re­stric­tions to ap­ply for 24 hours a day on both car­riage­ways from the Or­bital Park round­about up to junc­tion 10 on the M20 in the in­ter­ests of road safety while con­trac­tors carry out sur­vey works.

The work is ex­pected to start on Mon­day, July 24 and last six months. The or­der would come into force on July 22 and last for a max­i­mum of 18 months.

The news fol­lows years of mis­ery for mo­torists on the road, who have long com­plained of it be­ing a “death trap” at the junc­tion with Bar­rey Road at the Ash­ford Re­tail Park.

Work­ers at the re­tail park and in­dus­trial es­tate in Sev­ing­ton say the exit turn­ing on to the A2070 Bad Mun­stereifel Road has be­come a night­mare over the past year since new units on the site have been filled by firms like DFS and B&M Bar­gains.

Nick Han­son, owner of Ash­bury Fur­ni­ture on the re­tail site, said pre­vi­ously: “The junc­tion isn’t man enough for the busi­nesses on the park. There are weekly ac­ci­dents.

“We have got a hous­ing es­tate, a re­tail park and a busi­ness park and we don’t have proper ac­cess in or out.”

Nu­mer­ous sug­ges­tions have been made re­gard­ing how to im­prove the exit and en­trance at the junc­tion, in­clud­ing traf­fic lights and a round­about.

Fred­die Cle­ments, 71, sug­gested to the KE there should be a fil­ter lane from Bar­rey Road onto the A2070 at the junc­tion.

Ash­ford mum and res­i­dent Stacey-Louise Smith set up a pe­ti­tion for a round­about or traf­fic lights at the junc­tion in Novem­ber last year which thou­sands of wor­ried work­ers and res­i­dents signed.

She said re­cently: “The speed limit has re­mained at 70mph, which is too fast. It’s like play­ing chicken get­ting across com- ing from junc­tion 10. Sooner or later some­one will be killed.

“The sooner it’s sorted the bet­ter.”

In June, a large ac­ci­dent at the junc­tion re­sulted in emer­gency ser­vices shut­ting the A2070 in both di­rec­tions.

The three-car crash caused de­lays at Bar­rey Road but for­tu­nately no se­ri­ous in­juries were re­ported.

It is hoped the new speed re­stric­tions will al­le­vi­ate some of the con­ges­tion is­sues and ac­ci­dents.

Traf­fic builds up on the exit and en­try to the re­tail park; our re­port on the death trap claims

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