A ques­tion of pa­tience at busy junc­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

An­other ap­peal for traf­fic ad­vice this week, with our reporter Ai­dan Barlow un­sure if he made the right de­ci­sion at a tricky junc­tion the other day.

He was ap­proach­ing the right hand turn from the junc­tion of Som­er­set Road into North Street, which is a fil­ter lane with its own traf­fic sig­nal.

It has be­come a pinch point in re­cent months, with queues of cars back­ing up as far as the petrol sta­tion, at­tempt­ing to leave town to the north.

At this right hand turn, Ai­dan no­ticed that traf­fic had once again backed up all the way to the top of North Street, op­po­site our old of­fices.

The strip of road to turn across is of course, a box junc­tion, so rather than progress through the lights, he de­cided to wait un­til he could see a clear way through on the other side, rather than block the traf­fic flow.

Yet it prompted a mo­torist be­hind him to beep their horn re­peat­edly and ag­gres­sively, de­spite the fact there was no im­me­di­ate through route.

He didn’t want to progress through the lights to block traf­fic in Som­er­set Road by the petrol sta­tion, or to block traf­fic at­tempt­ing to turn right from North Street. In­stead he waited un­til it was clear on the other side be­fore go­ing through a green light.

Should he have gone through and waited in the box junc­tion, or was he right to wait be­hind the line to see if traf­fic would move on the other side? An­swers on a post­card please.

Speak­ing of post­cards, or rather of cards, every few days or so we are vis­ited by com­mu­nity groups or event or­gan­is­ers hop­ing we can dis­play their leaflets or cards on our front counter.

We’ve been vis­ited by the Moscow State Circus which will be set­ting up in Folke­stone, pic­nics at Vic­to­ria Park and the farmer’s mar­ket in Ash­ford and even had a stack of mag­a­zines to dis­play what’s on of­fer in the Pas de Calais in France.

A more un­lucky visit has been from the town’s night­club Cameo, which brought in some event posters, queue jump cards and drinks of­fers, which some­how made its way into our com­pany kitchen.

Out of sight is very much out of mind. Per­haps we are all a bit over the hill for trips to Cameo, at least this colum­nist is any­way.

But if any­one is in­ter­ested in these of­fers, pop in and see us to pick them up.

Read­ers may re­call a Nuts & Bolts re­port into the bat­tered road sign at The Boule­vard in the Or­bital Park a few weeks ago. In a fur­ther up­date, we can re­port that while the sign hasn’t been re­paired, it is now at least the right way up.

Reporter Ai­den Barlow was given a ‘hurry up beep’ at this junc­tion by a fel­low mo­torist – who was in the wrong?

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