This is driv­ing me round the bend!

Res­i­dent calls for new mea­sures to get driv­ers to slow down on ru­ral road

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By Ai­dan Bar­low

Res­i­dents have called for a speed limit to be cut on a busy ru­ral road fol­low­ing three re­ported crashes in a week.

Mo­torists have fre­quently got into trou­ble af­ter go­ing too fast on the bend in Ash­ford Road close to the Brom­ley Green cross­roads be­tween Sha­dox­hurst and Ham­street.

Sally Thom­son-Cun­ning­ham, who moved into her home which over­looks the stretch of road a year ago, has logged all the ac­ci­dents which have hap­pened since.

In­ci­dents have in­cluded cars ef­fec­tively de­stroy­ing a bor­der hedge, flip­ping over, spin­ning in the road, and crash­ing just yards away from speed signs warn­ing traf­fic to slow down.

Now Mrs Thom­son-Cun­ning­ham has launched a pe­ti­tion call­ing on KCC High­ways to take ac­tion.

She said: “Since I’ve been here there have been five or six quite se­ri­ous crashes.

“You al­ways see bits of hedge and fence miss­ing where other driv­ers have crashed, then driven away.

“Each time it costs about £1,000 to re­pair the fence and hedge, it’s very stress­ful. I don’t want any­one to get se­ri­ously hurt, it would be ab­so­lutely tragic if some­one was killed. It has be­come a real night­mare.”

Mrs Thom­son-Cun­ning­ham has spo­ken with Sha­dox­hurst Parish Coun­cil and with her Kent County coun­cil­lor Mike An­gell about get­ting the speed limit changed and ac­tion taken to get mo­torists to slow down.

Her on­line pe­ti­tion has been backed by hun­dreds of oth­ers, and sets out five key points about safety along the road.

But KCC High­ways says it has to make “tough de­ci­sions” about where to im­prove road safety in each area.

A spokesman said: “We look at the sites most in need of im­prove­ment first, which have got the sup­port of the whole com­mu­nity.

“We are happy to con­sider all re­quests as long as res­i­dents go through the steps out­lined on our web­site.”

KCC says it car­ries outs safety aware­ness cam­paigns and can put in engi­neer­ing mea­sures if needed. It analy­ses crash data sup­plied by po­lice to iden­tify any ac­ci­dent trends.

To find out more about road traf­fic and road safety is­sues, visit­ways. For more about the pe­ti­tion or to sign it visit tinyurl. com/yawd3mxf

Sally Thom­son-Cun­ning­ham has launched a pe­ti­tion call­ing for the speed limit to be re­duced to 40mph past her home near Brom­ley Green, Ash­ford, af­ter a spate of crashes

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