Road safety scheme in Ashford set to begin next month

A safety scheme to improve the layout of signal junctions at Somerset Road and Mace Lane in Ashford is set to begin next month.

Kent County Council plans to stagger the crossing points and install additional push buttons on the central reservations which will involve the road being widened.

The project starts on April 9 and will run for up to 10 weeks.


There will then be a second set of works taking place at the nearby junction of Mace Lane with Wellesley Road and run for a further 10 weeks.

The work – costing approximately £400,000 from government funding – has been identified because of a number of crashes at the Somerset Road location involving pedestrians and congestion issues at both locations.

Once work is completed, it will increase capacity at the junction, improving traffic flow at the busiest times of the day.

The right hand turn from Somerset Road onto North Street and the right turn from North Street onto Somerset Road will be suspended for the duration of the works.

The diversion will be via Magazine Road.

A further phase will involve a lane closure on North Street heading towards Somerset Road for approximately two weeks.
Throughout, diversion routes will be set up ensuring people are advised to go along Magazine Road.

A Kent County Council spokesman said: “We appreciate this work will cause disruption whilst it is being carried out and we would ask residents and businesses to bear with us.

“We have attempted to keep disruption to a minimum and we would welcome anyone with specific issues to discuss their needs as the work progresses.

“Once completed there will be increased capacity at the junctions and the positive safety aspects for people crossing.”

Bus route alterations will be in place during the scheme and these will be communicated via the website and social media.

Somerset Road Consultation leaflet 1

Somerset Road Consultation leaflet 2


Road safety scheme in Ashford set to begin next month was last modified: March 18th, 2016 by Ellis Stephenson