Ma­jor road­works lead to anger

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A lane on the A2042, one of Ash­ford’s busiest dual car­riage­ways, will be closed un­til April.

On Sun­day, one of the south­bound lanes of Rom­ney Marsh Road and Av­enue Jacques Faucheux, from the New­town end of the Ash­ford De­signer Out­let to Bad Mun­stereifel Road, was closed to “fa­cil­i­tate the de­velop- ment of the De­signer Out­let”. Ex­pan­sion work on the Out­let be­gan in Jan­uary to add an ad­di­tional 50 shops.

The work on the A2042, which is ex­pected to take 10 weeks to com­plete, will cre­ate a slip road con­nect­ing the shop­ping cen­tre’s new car park – to be built on fields near Asda – with the dual car­riage­way, as well as im­prove­ment works on the Kim­ber­ley Way round­about.

A De­signer Out­let spokesman said: “In­cre­men­tal im­prove­ment works to Kim­ber­ley Way round­about will com­mence next week and are planned to last 10 weeks.

“This will also in­clude the for­ma­tion of a per­ma­nent slip road from the new car park at Ash­ford De­signer Out­let, which will de­liver a fur­ther 725 park­ing spa­ces at the cen­tre.”

It is hoped that the lane will be open again by April 13.

But the news of the lane clo­sure has prompted drivers to ex­press their an­noy­ance on so­cial me­dia. Charles Hills said: “Ash­ford’s road plan­ning strikes again. They can’t get to grips with round­abouts or how road sys­tems work and play a vi­tal role in keep­ing traf­fic mov­ing.

“We’re all con­demned to spend hours of our lives sat in traf­fic be­cause they have a five-year-old de­sign­ing our roads.”

Paul Har­ris wrote: “No con­sid­er­a­tion for any­one in South Ash­ford. Not only will any­one liv­ing where this is the main route to town be badly af­fected, but the traf­fic find­ing al­ter­na­tive routes will cause the whole town to log­jam. In­sane! Why does the Out­let al­ways get given spe­cial treat­ment?”

Claire Masters wrote: “Wish they would just con­cen­trate on one lot of ma­jor road­works in town at any given time.”

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

Work has be­gun on the A2042, part of which will re­main shut un­til April

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