Calls for traffic lights at 'dangerous' road junction
By Kent and Sussex Courier | Friday, September 13, 2013, 08:00
EXASPERATED residents fear a serious injury is around the corner unless safety action is taken at a "horrible" Tunbridge Wells junction.
family protest: Mohammed Ahmed at the junction of Sandhurst Road and Pembury Road with, from left, Mabihah, 6, wife Rima, and Arissa, 3 TWPV20130911C-004_C
Those living close to the junction between Sandhurst Road and Pembury Road told the Courier it was dangerous and that Kent County Council Highways needed to make improvements now.
Mohammed Ahmed, of Sandhurst Road, said: "It is so difficult to take a right turn from this junction because the traffic is incredibly fast, with many drivers speeding.
"The other day I was only inches away from crashing my car into another driver due to his incompetence. I am risking my life as well as my children's."
Mr Ahmed is calling for traffic lights to be installed to allow traffic to turn onto Pembury Road safely and has started a petition of like-minded residents.
"A potentially serious or even fatal accident could be avoided here. I don't want an accident to be the catalyst for action," he said.
Charlie Stevens, of Sherwood Road, lives close to the junction. He told the Courier: "Every night we hear the squeal of brakes, swearing and cars getting hit.
"A couple of months ago there was a nasty accident where a car hit a bus because someone was trying to go right.
"It's a horrible junction – I always go through town rather than try to turn right."
But Mr Stevens, 35, did not think traffic lights were the solution. "It should be a roundabout or left turn only. Traffic lights would hold it all up which we don't want."
Sandhurst Road resident Christine Hyam, 70, said: "It's hopeless. People have no consideration so you have to edge your way out. The traffic and the way people are is terrible.
"At one point I would never go there to turn right, I would always go another way. I'm not a complainer but there should be something here. If they could put a small roundabout here I think that would be ideal and better than traffic lights.
"I'm retired so I have all the time in the world, but for other people it's horrendous. For people trying to get around with children or having to work it must be disastrous."
David Bridges, 75, also said traffic lights or a roundabout was needed at the junction.
"It would improve it," the Sandhurst Road resident said. "It can be dangerous and at rush hour it's particularly bad."
But one woman who has lived opposite the junction for 40 years told the Courier there was little that could be done and queuing was a fact of life.
"It's a T-junction not a roundabout and we've got other issues to worry about," Kathy Beatty, 87, said. "If you had traffic lights you will have them stopping traffic when the road is clear as well as in rush hour."
Kent County Council was approached for a comment but had not responded as we went to press yesterday (Thursday).