New safety signs lead Kent initiative
Posted by Ben Alexander
A new initiative to make a Kent town safer may include the installation of new safety signs, alongside a number of new improvements that will be to the benefit of locals and visitors alike.
In a new report, Medway Council has revealed that it is to remove a significant amount of "clutter" which it believes is compromising the aesthetic and safety of the area
In a report to the regeneration committee, a council taskforce has revealed how it intends to improve safety for pedestrians and help the flow of traffic, with a pilot scheme in Strood High Street set to highlight this, Kent Online reports.
The scheme is set to have a budget of £50,000 and will be between Gun Lane and Station Road, where a number of potential improvements have been identified, including removing existing road signs and replacing them with far fewer warning signs that are clearer to pedestrians.
When this has taken place, the scheme will be rolled out on a case-by-case basis and as part of maintenance work or building projects, the council said.
"Excessive street furniture can have a severe impact on the public realm," the report states.
"Clutter has been criticised for undermining the character and distinctiveness of the public realm, creating safety and accessibility issues and promoting a ‘highway dominated’ environment."
Some key examples identified by the task group included a number of road signs on Hoath Way, Gillingham, which it says could be reduced and potentially replaced with other warning signs that not only look better, but are more effective at warning and informing the public.
Meanwhile, the task force also advised that the guard rails on the A2 between the Will Adams roundabout and the junction with Watling Street could be removed or replaced, due to their appearance and questions about their overall effectiveness.
The council's cabinet is set to decide whether the policy can be approved during a meeting on July 9th, after which the scheme will be rolled out.
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