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A2 slip road plans will make congestion worse!

April 11, 2017 10:07 PM

Nick Eden Green profileCllr Eden-Green expands on comments provided to Kent Online today

The plan for the 4th sliproad onto the A28 has just been published. Significantly without any consultation with, or knowledge by, local Cllrs, local residents or parish cllrs.

Frankly, I am gobsmacked!

It shows a pedestrian crossing on the new sliproad before it reaches the bend to slow the traffic. Surely the first pedestrian crossing ever on a slip road from a motorway. Are Thanington lives so cheap?

Then it shows the existing northbound slip road from Dover clearly marked as 'no changes'. Yet this slip road is proposed (controversially) to be made two way in order to gain access to the 750 dwelling site at Cockering Road. Quite a big change, I'd have thought, to make a slip road two way!

Then we have the two 180-degree turns that motorists will have to negotiate from the A2 in order to access the A28, mixing them with shopper and park and ride traffic. Is this really a wise way to form a junction of two trunk roads?

The plan is silent on the fact that the slip road goes through the park and ride site and there are no plans, apparently, for a replacement park and ride.

Finally, at the top of the plan there is an 'opportunity for alternative direct vehicle connection' on Boundary Road for city bound traffic but no indication of any upgrading of the roads, nor any plans. The relief of traffic on Wincheap, our most polluted road, with many homes along it, does not seem to be addressed at all. This has always been our prime objective in seeking improvements. Certainly if this route is to be used, the junction at the Maidens Head pub on Wincheap won't be able to cope. HGVs can't even turn left there, let alone right!

It appears that KCC planners have been sitting in silos and have been quite oblivious to local opinion or the many meetings local people have had with developers or KCC Highways engineers to try to find solutions to this problem. It makes an utter mockery of the half hearted attempts at consultation that have gone on between local residents and developers. The process has been a sham.

Cllr Nick Eden-Green
Lib Dem. Wincheap Ward