CPRE Kent’s Ashford Committee has submitted comments on the proposed new Junction 10a of the M20.
We are concerned about the effect the new junction would have on the wider road network, particularly the Romney Marsh road and the country lanes around Mersham.
Chairman of the Ashford Committee Hilary Moorby said: “It is imperative that the village of Mersham is protected from the village lanes becoming rat runs to the M20. It is also important that a buffer of open countryside between the village and the industrial site U19 (Stour park) is provided.”
Mersham Parish Council has requested that the link between Kingsford Street and Highfield Lane be closed and we support this.
We also want to know the exact effect on public rights of way and need details of any permanent closure or realignment so that the needs of pedestrians, horses and cyclists can be assessed and provided for.
We are calling for safety measures on the Barrey Rd/A2070 Junction, including traffic lights, a strict enforcement of the proposed 40mph speed limit and a lane restricted to hospital traffic only.
We also want more done to mitigate the damage to the existing environment and protect the important wildlife on the site.
You can read our full comments here.
March 21st 2016.