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Comedians share the joke over town's traffic scheme

A section of Ashford's shared space scheme
A section of Ashford's shared space scheme

The shared space traffic scheme in a Kent town has become the butt of jokes on satirical TV quiz Have I Got News for You.

An article about Kent County Council's controversial DVD explaining how to use Ashford's new system was included in the BBC show at the weekend.

Guest presenter Jack Dee explained this was a scheme "in which pedestrians can step in front of moving vehicles".

The comedian Frank Skinner asked: "Is it overpopulated, Ashford?" His team-mate, the political journalist Quentin Letts, remarked: "Not any more."

Dee, quoting a newspaper clipping, said: "Apparently for pedestrians the key for stepping into moving traffic is to 'establish eye contact with the driver'... and attempt to maintain it as you roll right across his bonnet."

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