08 JUL 2011

Traffic problems at North Farm Industrial Estate

A new working group, chaired by Greg, and comprising representatives from the business community, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Kent Highways, met to agree on a number of options that could help relieve the traffic problems at the North Farm Industrial Estate.

The options have been developed as part of a recent study, commissioned by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Kent County Council, and range from short-term actions that could be completed within this financial year through to medium and longer-term schemes which might require greater funding or more investigation.

Greg commented:

"Bringing together representatives from councils, Kent Highways and other local organisations is a new model of working we tried when we were looking at the road safety problems along the A228 at Colt's Hill. It proved to be a very successful approach as local knowledge is crucial in helping to decide what might or might not work. The key difference between Colts Hill and North Farm is the amount of businesses that are directly affected by the traffic problems so it was important to actively involve representatives from the local business community.

"The problems at North Farm are never going to be resolved with a quick fix solution. The congestion is causing so much misery for both local residents and businesses alike, it's in everyone's interests to work together to try and get the traffic moving again."

The final report is expected to be published by early August.

 

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