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Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson in Twitter ambulance outburst over Ulley Road in Kennington, Ashford

29 July 2014
by KentOnline reporter

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has hit out at the state of a 'stupid' Ashford road.

The star, at the centre of two recent race rows, took to Twitter to criticise the speed humps in Ulley Road, Kennington. 

He has been in Kent this week filming for a future episode alongside co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May.

Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson

He told his 3.5m followers: "People of Ulley Road, in Ashford, Kent. With all those stupid speed humps, I hope you never need an ambulance."

Sixteen sets of speed bumps run along the length of Ulley Road and The Street.

The trio have been on the Lydd Ranges for a film in which producers tasked them with designing ambulances.

They have been using the Lydd Car Breakers salvage yard in Dengemarsh Road who are supplying cars for them to use.

Paul Moore, from the yard, said: “It’s been an excellent experience seeing what they’re doing.

“My two lads met them yesterday and they were really funny blokes and a day they definitely won’t forget.

 

“They just found us on Google. It’s something we won’t forget. We’ve got tickets for the show in January.”

The episode is due to be screened in February or March next year, Mr Moore added.

It is not the first time Top Gear has come to the county to shoot. They have used Lydden Hill circuit near Dover and also Chilham Castle.

Clarkson has attacked Ashford's road network before.

In 2008 he hit out at the town's shared space scheme, branding it 'piffle' and claiming it was only a matter of time before somebody was killed.

He then branded those behind the scheme as 'idiots' and, writing in his Times column, predicted a 'Jaguar dance of death.'

Ulley Road in Ashford

Ulley Road in Ashford

The criticism represents safer ground for Clarkson after his recent race run-ins. On Monday, broadcasting watchdog Ofcom ruled he had used an insulting racial term to refer to an Asian man on BBC2’s Top Gear.

It came months after he had faced calls for the sack for using the N-word during filming for another edition of Top Gear.

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