Low-speed test on the A226 Gravesend Road near Chalk and Shorne to tackle crash-prone sections

Proposals have been made for slow speeds to tackle “accident prone” sections of road.

New limits have been established along busy roads near several villages near Gravesend to help prevent accidents and injuries.

New speed limits will come into effect at the Shore junction and at the bottom of Forge Lane. Photo: Google

The existing 30 mph speed limit at Forge Lane has been extended towards the junction, at the junction with the A226 – labeled the “most accident-prone section of highway” in Shorne.

Currently, the national limit only applies to the section between St Katherines Cottages and the main road.

Changes to the A226 Gravesend route will see top speeds drop from 50 mph to 40 mph between Crown Lane and Hollytreet Drive.

Meanwhile, Rochester Road in Chalk will see the restrictions drop from 40 mph to 30 mph between the junction with Lower Higham Road and Thong Lane.

Other changes have also been made along the Dering Way, where a 30 mph speed limit has been extended to Shamrock Road.

A map showing where the changes are being made.
A map showing where the changes are being made.

Kent County Council, as the traffic authority, said the changes were made to avoid danger to pedestrians and motorists, as well as to “preserve or improve” amenities in the area.

There have been 12 reports of traffic incidents at Shorne Crossroads in the past 10 years, according to CrashMap, which uses official statistics from the Department of Transportation.

The same data recorded a fatal incident at the junction and another “serious” accident along Forge Lane.

Meanwhile, the section of Rochester Road subject to the new limits recorded just under 20 incidents and three other serious accidents, during the same period.

The Shorne Parish Council has welcomed proposals which it says include the “most accident-prone section of highway” in Shorne.

Cllr Bob Lane of Shorne, praised the speed restrictions.  Photo: John Westhrop.
Cllr Bob Lane of Shorne, praised the speed restrictions. Photo: John Westhrop.

Gravesham City Councilor Bob Lane (Con), who is chairman of the parish council, said it was great news for residents.

“This is a very positive step,” he said. “We, the parish council, are having reduced the speed limit at Forge Lane for some time and Kent County Council is pleased to have reduced that speed as part of the program.”

Cllr Lane added: “We hope this will reduce either the number of accidents or the serious accidents.

“I encourage residents to give their opinion and to give their positive opinion.

The program will be reviewed so that the board decides whether it wishes to make the changes permanent.

Full details of the plan are available by clicking here.

The deadline for comments is Monday January 10 at noon.

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