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Plea to halve speed limit on danger road

By Edenbridge Courier  |  Posted: March 09, 2012

  • FLASHBACK: A car ended up on its roof in this accident at the Penshurst junction of the B2027

  • SPEED CONCERN: County councillor Peter Lake

  • DANGEROUS JUNCTION: The B2027 at Bough Beech

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A CAMPAIGN has begun to lower the speed limit along one of the region's most dangerous roads.

Kent county councillor Peter Lake says he has the B2027 in his sights for a speed reduction.

Speaking about the stretch between Edenbridge and Leigh, he said: "That one is a pretty bad stretch, especially if drivers have had something to drink and they're bonkers."

Three accident blackspots have been identified – the bend just outside Laundry Cottage in Leigh, the crossroads near Bough Beech and an S-bend under the railway bridge near Chiddingstone Causeway.

Mr Lake, whose remit includes Edenbridge within the Sevenoaks South area, said there had been 105 accidents in ten years at the bend just outside Laundry Cottage.

He was pushing for the current 60mph limit to be reduced to at least 30mph, ideally 20mph.

He added: "I want to get the speed limit down wherever I can.

"I think that road is incredibly dangerous and the speed limit certainly needs to come down but, because the police won't let us at the moment, we can't."

Joe McAuley, of Four Elms Road, drives to work in Tonbridge each day.

The 38-year-old said: "I've seen a few close calls in front of me before.

"That bit at the crossroads is especially bad. You can't see anything at all if you're coming from Hever towards Tonbridge.

"It needs looking at. Even if the wall was made a bit lower it would help."

He added: "A lot of that road is not safe even at a slow speed, let alone 60mph.

"There are bits where I hold my breath."

Kent Highway Services has said in other cases that little would be done unless there was a fatal accident on the road.

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  • EddydR  |  August 20 2012, 4:33PM

    I agree with Councillor Lake. I drive down this stretch of the B2027 almost daily for my commute, and it is a danger spot, due to some drivers speeding along this country lane. This is a fact, thorn88, supported by the number of accidents on that section of road, so don't be rude. The sooner we get the speed limited to 30 or 40 mph on the critical sections of this road, the better. If it saves serious injury or worse, it will be worth it.

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  • thorn88  |  March 11 2012, 4:20PM

    are you a total dumb **** this road is not dangerious if you know how to drive and you should not drink and drive anyway so i dont see how cutting the speed limit will help next you will be wanting traffic lights everywhere to stop the crashing you need to get to the source and make driving test more harder to pass and i quote "There are bits where I hold my breath." i am sorry but if you do this then you are type of person that would cause a crash you sir should not be on the road if you do this this road is one of the main roads out of edenbridge and there is nothing wrong with it if your scared to drive then dont and hang up your keys as you cant drive or is it just you cant find anything to wright about so all this will do is make people even later from where they need to be and cause more crashes

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  • thorn88  |  March 11 2012, 4:17PM

    are you a total dumb **** this road is not dangerious if you know how to drive and you should not drink and drive anyway so i dont see how cutting the speed limit will help next you will be wanting traffic lights everywhere to stop the crashing you need to get to the source and make driving test more harder to pass and i quote "There are bits where I hold my breath." i am sorry but if you do this then you are type of person that would cause a crash you sir should not be on the road if you do this this road is one of the main roads out of edenbridge and there is nothing wrong with it if your scared to drive then dont and hang up your keys as you cant drive or is it just you cant find anything to wright about so all this will do is make people even later from where they need to be and cause more crashes

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