It’s the first day of half term and the junction of the A2 with The Mall is flowing as freely as I’ve ever seen it.
Of course some commuters are on holiday but could it also be that a significant proportion of the traffic normally flowing through this junction is parents and carers with children heading to and from schools? Have transport planners considered how this group of people can be addressed and reduced by providing alternative, viable means of getting to and from school? For example, by improving walking and cycling?
Or have transport planners just assumed that they need to accommodate traffic growth “because car traffic always grows, doesn’t it?”
No one doubts that new development in Faversham will generate its own car traffic growth. But what we are campaigning for is the delivery of alternative transport modes – walking, cycling and public transport – that can slow the rate of car growth.
Providing parents and carers with a viable alternative to driving must surely be a key priority for Kent County Council, which has a duty of care to protect vulnerable road users. So why is there no provision for walking or cycling in the proposed junction plans?
Consultation on the proposals ends at 12 noon today.
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