Action Needed on Traffic Rat-Run

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Residents in Broad Walk, Woolacombe Road & Mayday Gardens in Kidbrooke with Hornfair ward have recently been speaking to local Conservatives about the traffic problems in the area. Local commuters complained of the jams that occur at the end of Broad Walk, where they are having difficulty in getting out on to the main road during busy periods.   Those trying to exit Broad Walk on to Rochester Way are increasingly having to wait longer and longer as traffic builds up along the road. One resident said it can sometimes add 20 minutes to a journey just trying to get out to get to work.    After talking to local residents, Conservative Council Candidate Frank Salmon commented “Residents want better traffic management at the bottom of Broad Walk and some have suggested a traffic island, or mini roundabout at this junction. Others have said it would be a good idea to give drivers direct access to the A2 from Rochester Way, to stop rat-running by traffic along local residential roads. It seems madness that the Council did not consider the effect on local people when they brought in the original traffic plans for the area.   Many have also questioned the ‘no right turn’ onto Kidbrooke Park Road at the junction with Rochester Way and said that this led to drivers doing u-turns in the middle of the road or turning into cul-de-sacs, or the Homebase car park.   Local resident and Council Candidate Semo Serroukh commented, “It’s fairly obvious that unless the Council takes action, then traffic problems at this junction will continue. It really is time that after ears of doing nothing, the Council takes note of residents concerns and acts upon them.”   Kidbrooke with Hornfair Conservatives have since organised a petition, which resulted in nearly 200 signatures from residents in the area. Cllr Graeme Coombes commented "The response from residents has been overwhelming. This is clearly something they feel very strongly about and we will do all we can to push the Council into consulting residents and taking appropriate action."