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Wateringbury and Teston in line for further delays if Hermitage Lane building goes ahead

04 December 2013
by Alan Smith

 

More consideration of the wider effects of development on traffic and congestion should be taken, villagers have claimed.

Every morning during the rush-hour there are long delays on the A26, through Wateringbury and Teston - not so much caused by traffic entering Maidstone, but by vehicles going out of town towards Paddock Wood, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge.

The queues frequently stretch from the Wateringbury traffic lights at the crossroads with Bow Road and Red Hill, all the way back to South Lodge in Teston.

Villagers fear the problem will only worsen if proposed developments on Hermitage Lane are allowed to go ahead. There are currently applications in for three sites totaling around 800 homes. The recognised national standard is that on average there are six vehicles movements to a home each day, so that’s a potential 2,400 extra vehicle movements daily along Hermitage Lane.

Roger Levett (correct), who has lived in Tonbridge Road at Wateringbury since 1970, said: “We have heard discussions about whether Hermitage Lane can take the extra traffic, but what happens after that? When the traffic leaves Hermitage Lane it still has to go somewhere and you have to assume a good proportion of it will come along the A26, adding to the problem here.

“We already have massive congestion almost every day between about 7am and 9am and the air quality suffers as a result.”

 

 

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