Lib Dem Councillors Secure Roundabout Improvements

Roundabouts installed on the A251 Ashford road and B2045 Western Link Road as part of the Perry Court and Davington Fields developments are to be improved following a request from Swale’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Ben J Martin (Lib Dem) and Faversham’s Deputy Mayor Cllr Trevor Martin (Lib Dem). The roundabouts, which have come in for much criticism since being installed due to HGVs regularly over running kerbs, were approved as part of the planning applications approved under the previous Conservative controlled council.

Cllr Ben J Martin at Perry Court roundabout

Work on the Ashford road junction is due to begin next week and will see the south bound entry approach to the roundabout made wider by reducing the splitter island width, additional remedial works will also be undertaken to replace the damaged kerbing, installing double height kerbing and some resurfacing works. The remedial works are expected to take 2 weeks to complete.

The roundabout on the Western Link road is to see more significant remedial work, including new Trief kerbs, similar to those used in motorway service stations, being installed to prevent HGV’s mounting the kerb, offering better protection for vulnerable road users. The developer of the Davington Fields site, Bovis homes are currently working with KCC to find a suitable date for works to take place.

Cllr Ben J Martin said “These works should reduce the issues we have been seeing on these two roundabouts since they were first installed. Though the original designs complied with national standards, there were always going to be difficulties utilising these style of roundabouts on main freight routes and I am somewhat surprised that these measures weren’t included in the original designs. I am grateful to the developers and officers at KCC for engaging with us to find solutions to rectify the issues we have identified.”

Cllr Ben J Martin

Faversham’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr Trevor Martin said “I am pleased to see both roundabouts will be improved to ensure safer routes for residents and local businesses.”

Cllr T Martin at Western Link Roundabout

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