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Village roads due to face a traffic survey

By Westerham Chronicle  |  Posted: June 20, 2013

  • District Councillor Anna Firth handing over the Brasted Parish Council petition

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HOPES of making Brasted's roads safer have taken a turn in the right direction after Kent Highways agreed to conduct a traffic survey of the A25.

The speed and type of vehicles using the A25 will be assessed together with an up to date accident survey after a petition was presented to the Joint Transportation Board at Sevenoaks District Council.

Brasted residents, along with parish and district councillors attended the meeting demanding a new pedestrian crossing, a speed camera and two new interactive signs for the village.

The petition, which had already attracted more than 130 signatures, highlighted the excessive speed and inappropriate use of the A25 by HGVs, vans and cars.

Brasted district councillor Anna Firth reminded everyone present to the long history of problems the A25 has brought the village.

She said: "As long ago as 2004 a survey showed that the type and speed of traffic was the number one concern of Brasted residents.

"The increase in nitrogen dioxide levels along the A25 is clear evidence that the problem has got worse not better and urgent action is needed to avoid further fatalities occurring."

Parish council chairman, Jon Hardey, said he was hopeful of making progress with their requests after handing the petition over to the board.

He said: "They seemed positive about the new pedestrian crossing at the White Hart so that's very good news and we are also carrying out our own traffic survey.

"The traffic going through the village is especially bad at the moment because of the roadworks on the M25 between junctions 5 and 6.

"And this has meant there is non-stop traffic every morning going westbound to Oxted and the same in the other direction at the end of the day."

Richard Parry, Kent County Councillor for the area, agreed the petition had been well received within the realities of what was capable of being done.

He said: "As explained by the traffic officer from Kent County Council, the A25 is a strategic route so there are a limited amount of restrictions which can be put on it.

"Looking at the speed limits is reasonable but getting lorries banned, while not impossible, would be very difficult to achieve."

The matter will be considered again at the next Joint Transport Board meeting in September and anyone who wants to support the petition in the meantime can visit www.breastedpc.kentparisshes.gov.uk

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