Half an hour of road sign mad­ness

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points of view -

With ref­er­ence to your ar­ti­cle ‘Road widening work goes ac­cord­ing to plan’ (KE, July 13), the work may be go­ing to plan, but the traf­fic man­age­ment and sig­nage is ap­palling.

Chaos reigns in Willes­bor­ough Lees as 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 and 15 UK-reg­is­tered cars do u-turns in the Sil­ver Hill Road junc­tion. Some 25 ve­hi­cles went all the way to the widening works be­fore turn­ing back, 10 turned into Black­wall Lane South try­ing to find a way out, and two turned into Wil­son Close try­ing to get to Can­ter­bury (miss­ing cul de sac signs) be­fore head­ing back to junc­tion 10 of the M20.

Worst of all was see­ing five cars drive into the one way sec­tion of Sil­ver Hill Road try­ing to get out of this mess. Dur­ing the week you can add to these ob­ser­va­tions a large num­ber of HGVs try­ing to get to the fac­to­ries. All this in just 30 min­utes.

The sig­nage is caus­ing chaos and noth­ing is be­ing done – al­though one res­i­dent has help­fully added a note to one of the signs say­ing ‘No ac­cess to A28 – Can­ter­bury’.

One thing has struck all res­i­dents. The re­duc­tion in traf­fic on Ken­ning­ton Road shows how the qual­ity of res­i­dents’ lives has been eroded by high traf­fic vol­umes in the last 15 years. The road widening will only in­crease speeds on a road which the lo­cal SpeedWatch team have found to be the worst speed af­fected road in Willes­bor­ough.

This road widening scheme has been badly planned – and the res­i­dents have not been con­sulted or con­sid­ered. John Bai­ley Chair of Willes­bor­ough Park­ing Ac­tion Group greedy peo­ple who charge such ridicu­lous prices – not cap salaries of work­ing peo­ple.

The two big­gest prob­lems in this coun­try is over-pop­u­la­tion and the dif­fer­en­tial be­tween the salaries of the high­est paid and low­est paid. Not much can be done to re­duce the pop­u­la­tion, but it could be spread around the UK more. D Brown Ash­ford the con­stant traf­fic jams caused by the mis­guided du­alling of the ring road and the ‘guar­an­teed to slow every­thing down’ up­grade to pedes­trian cross­ings.

I was told by KCC High­ways years ago that the whole ring road re­vamp de­pended on a park and ride sys­tem and junc­tion 10A to func­tion. Un­til these things hap­pen Ash­ford can look for­ward to grid­lock and failed busi­nesses when peo­ple wake up to the night­mare of trav­el­ling here. L D God­dard Ash­ford

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