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SURVEY: Speeding is 'routine' in Bearsted

Friday 15th October 2021

MOTORISTS in Bearsted routinely break the speed limits, according to new figures.

On average drivers exceeded the limits in both directions in Ware Street, The Street, Otham Lane, Roseacre Lane, Yeoman Lane, the A20 and The Landway.

In Otham Lane, the daytime average speed is almost 10mph higher than the 30mph limit.

Limits are broken more than 85% of cars travelling southbound in Yeoman Lane and 78% going north.

As well as monitoring the traffic volume and speed, it also tracked the type of vehicle using the roads.

The A20 Lilk Hill 60mph limit broken by almost 7mph westbound on average during the day but is slower in the opposite direction as drivers leave the national speed limit zone.

The highway has the lowest level of speeding vehicles of those surveyed compared to the routes through the village.

The surveys were undertaken by the parish council across a week in May.

The results will be used to "prioritise areas of concern to the parish highways improvement plan and to demonstrate to Kent County Council concerns within the parish".

The report adds: "It is intended the results will also form part of an historical record with the aim to repeat the surveys every two or three years to record changes in the volume of traffic.

"Collaboration between road users, the highway authority, the police and local communities are integral to realising safer speeds, fewer road injuries, better air quality and noise reduction."

Ware Street takes more than 8,000 cars in both directions, according to the results.

The A20 has a daily average of 11,145 vehicles while The Landway took 3,030 and The Street 3,889.

Borough councillor Bearsted, Cllr Denis Spooner said: “Traffic volumes and speeds continue to be a growing and ongoing issue in the village.

“This will be a mix of rat-running and people seeking destinations in the village but until an origin/destination survey is carried out, it’s hard to know.”

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