‘Rather green’ foot­bridges

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - NEWS -

The colour of foot­bridges in­cluded in the junc­tion 10a scheme have sparked con­tro­versy. The first of the two - the Kings­ford Street bridge, pic­tured, - was put in place in Novem­ber dur­ing an overnight M20 clo­sure. But at an ABC joint trans­porta­tion board meet­ing in De­cem­ber, the com­mit­tee’s chair­man Cllr Paul Bartlett ques­tioned High­ways Eng­land’s choice of green paint. The Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor said: “I see the bridge has gone up with its very splen­did looks but it is also very green. “I guess that’s it, isn’t it? Do you plan to paint it a more amenable colour? “I know it is all in the eye of the be­holder but it is rather green.” The Ken­tish Ex­press can now re­veal the sec­ond foot­bridge - which will be re­place the Church Road foot­bridge over the A2070 which was de­mol­ished in June - will be the same green. Mr Selby said: “I don’t par­tic­u­larly see any faults with the colour. “In the win­ter it sticks out a bit, but in sum­mer it will blend in with the veg­e­ta­tion.” Mr Selby says a new round­about - which will con­nect the A2070 with a new two-way link road lead­ing to the new M20 junc­tion - is set to be fully op­er­a­tional at the same time as junc­tion 10a in Sep­tem­ber. The round­about is be­ing built close to Sev­ing­ton church.

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