Poor sig­nage for road-widening ‘caus­ing chaos’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

The road-widening project on the A2070 Ken­ning­ton Road in Ash­ford is on sched­ule, ac­cord­ing to road chiefs.

How­ever, res­i­dents who live along the road say there are still is­sues with the sig­nage for the con­struc­tion as many mo­torists are ig­nor­ing the road clo­sure signs.

John Bai­ley, the chair­man of Willes­bor­ough Park­ing Ac­tion Group, said: “The widening work may be go­ing to plan but the traf­fic man­age­ment and sig­nage is ap­palling.

“Hun­dreds of ve­hi­cles a day drive past the three ‘road ahead closed’ [signs] and find them­selves con­fronted by a closed road!

“Dur­ing a 30-minute pe­riod on Satur­day, I saw eight for­eign- reg­is­tered cars do U-turns in the Sil­ver Hill Road junc­tion along with fif­teen UK-reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles.

“Twenty-five ve­hi­cles went all the way to the widening works be­fore turn­ing back, ten cars and vans turned into Black­wall Lane South try­ing to find a way out, two even turned into Wil­son Close try­ing to get to Can­ter­bury be­fore head­ing back to Junc­tion 10.”

He added: “Worst of all was see­ing five cars il­le­gally drive into the one-way sec­tion of Sil­ver Hill Road try­ing to get out of this mess.

“Dur­ing the week you can add a large num­ber of HGVs try­ing to get to the fac­to­ries. The poor sig­nage is caus­ing chaos and noth­ing is be­ing done.”

Jamie Wat­son, schemes pro­gramme man­ager for Kent County Coun­cil, said: “The project is go­ing as well as can be ex­pected al­though it is caus­ing ad­di­tional de­lays and traf­fic.

“It’s go­ing to plan al­though there have been some sig­nage prob­lems.”

It is hoped that the project, which is also caus­ing heavy traf­fic pres­sures in the town cen­tre, will be com­pleted by early Septem­ber.

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