Plea to halve speed limit on danger road
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.
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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.