All this dis­rup­tion, but is it any wider?

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By Kristina Cur­tis

With less than a month to go un­til the road­works on Ken­ning­ton Road are due to be com­pleted, the con­struc­tion work is said to be on sched­ule.

Re­cent work on the project in­cludes the re­con­struc­tion of the rag­stone re­tain­ing wall – which is nearly fin­ished – ad­di­tional kerb­ing and ditch work.

Ad­di­tional resur­fac­ing work has also been con­firmed for the sec­tion of the road be­tween Sil­ver Hill Road and the Gi­vau­dan perfume fac­tory.

How­ever, many are now rais­ing con­cerns that the road doesn’t ac­tu­ally look much wider than it was be­fore the con­struc­tion work started.

His­to­rian Steve Sal­ter, who re­cently walked along­side the new road, said: “Ken­ning­ton Road has a pinch point that’s been a prob­lem for many years and has be­come worse since the ca­pac­ity of traf­fic has in­creased, but it’s never re­ally had a lot of work done to it.

“From walk­ing along the site, it doesn’t look like the road width is much wider than it was orig­i­nally and a mas­sive pave­ment has now ap­peared out­side some of the cot­tages along the road which is tak­ing up room.

“Martin’s, the civil engi­neer­ing busi­ness work­ing on the project, are do­ing a great job.

“They’re do­ing what they’re told to do and their speed and work­man­ship is fan­tas­tic but for all the time the road has been shut for, it doesn’t ac­tu­ally look a lot wider.”

A Kent County Coun­cil spokesman said: “The scheme is still on track to be opened by Septem­ber 4, with ad­di­tional work added to the orig­i­nal con­tract such as resur­fac­ing a larger area of road and ditch­ing to im­prove the drainage.

“This ex­tra work was added to take ad­van­tage of the road clo­sure.”

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, Unit 4, Park Mall Shop­ping Centre Ash­ford, TN24 8RY or email ken­tish­ex­press@ thek­m­

Pic­tures: Steve Sal­ter

Above, and top, progress is said to be go­ing well on the Ken­ning­ton Road re­con­struc­tion

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