Proposal for traffic safety measures at ‘dangerous’ Approach Road junction scrapped

Traffic safety measures will not be installed at the junction

Proposals to install traffic safety measures at the Dane Road/Approach Road junction in Margate have been scrapped.

Cliftonville West ward councillors had hoped for a kerb build out and double yellow lines would be installed after changing an initial request for a zebra crossing due to KCC saying criteria was not met for a crossing.

There have been four traffic accidents reported around the junction over the last four years.

Kent County Council opened a consultation on the scheme last year but says the changes will not be implemented following objections.

Councillors Alan Currie, Heather Keen and Harry Scobie

A statement from ward councillors Alan Currie, Heather Keen and Harry Scobie says: “We are very sorry to announce that despite a strong campaign by us and support from local residents, the proposed traffic safety works of a kerb build out and double yellow lines at the dangerous junction on Dane Road and Approach Road by Dane Park has been scrapped by the KCC road safety project manager with agreement from KCC Cliftonville Councillor Lesley Game.

“Apparently this decision was made due to there being nine objections from the public and only seven in favour of the proposed works after a recent public consultation.

“We are not only surprised but upset this decision has been taken as there is no doubt in our minds that this traffic spot, where pedestrians take their lives in their hands when trying to get to and from Dane Park, is a serious accident waiting to happen.

“We originally requested a zebra crossing but were informed that the kerb build out and double yellow lines would be sufficient. It seems that this is no longer the case.”

Cllr Currie has now  contacted the KCC traffic safety manager to ask him to reconsider the decision and requested that if the kerb build out is not agreeable then double yellow lines covering 10m at the crossing point on either side of the road would improve safety.

A Kent County Council (KCC) spokesperson said: “In response to local concerns we investigated whether a formal crossing point might be installed.

“This included a dropped kerb with a kerb alignment and buildout to facilitate pedestrians crossing at this point.

“A public consultation was held with the majority of respondents saying they were against the proposed works.

“Following a review and discussion with the local KCC Member, the decision was taken not to proceed with the proposal.”

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