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Question to Kent County Council [with answer], 16 December 2010: Beaver Road Bus Gate

December 16, 2010 10:05 AM

Question by Mr George Koowaree To Mr Nick Chard, Cabinet Member for Highways, Environment and Waste

Will the Cabinet Member for Highways, Environment and Waste look into the removal of the bus gate in Beaver Road Ashford as the report of the Ashford Transport Forum (held on 26th November 2010) minute on page 8 paragraph 6.5 suggests there is no monitoring or enforcement being done.

Answer

Beaver Road bus gate is an essential part of the Ashford bus route highway infrastructure and the Quality Bus Partnership agreement with the operator Stagecoach. It is served by 7 buses per hour all day on the A-line and B-line in both directions on Mondays to Saturdays (that is, 14 buses per hour in total).

Beaver Road is quite constrained, and the removal of the bus gate would open this road to all traffic wishing to access South Ashford to and from the town centre and station. At present all non-bus traffic is routed via Romney Marsh Road and Norman Road without any apparent problem. The additional traffic resulting from the removal of the bus gate would cause significant congestion as well as adding costs to the bus operation and reducing its reliability.

It is therefore important that the bus gate remains in situ. More effective enforcement is however needed, and we are investigating electronic ways of doing this since it is a low priority for the Police.