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Improvements to be made on the Barrey Road junction, Ashford

Action is finally being taken to improve access for motorists after years of headache at a ‘death-trap’ junction in Ashford.

The A2070/Barrey Road junction has been a well-documented nightmare by all who work, shop and live near the Ashford Retail Park due to long delays and minor accidents on the road.

It was decided yesterday that traffic signals will be placed at the junction alongside a temporary 40mph speed restriction on the dual carriageway A2070 approaching it.

Vehicles turning out of Barrey Road onto the A2070 dual carriageway
Vehicles turning out of Barrey Road onto the A2070 dual carriageway

The latest updates were discussed at Ashford’s Joint Transportation Board meeting at the Civic Centre last night.

Members agreed that traffic signalls should be introduced at the junction to improve road safety after ruling out two alternative options – a new roundabout or an acceleration lane.

Andy Moreton, from KCC, said: “Out of the three potential schemes, partial signalisation is the right decision.

“The introduction of signals means that vehicles can turn more safely.”

It was also decided that a temporary 40mph speed limit would be put in place along the road, which will be enforced from Saturday, July 22.

Some members expressed concern as to how effective restrictions will be, as it is unclear whether number plate recognition cameras will be introduced.

Read the full story in tomorrow's Kentish Express.

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