Now that the Secretary of State for Transport has given the go ahead for J10a of the M20 in Ashford will the Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport take a lead in influencing the Minister to increase the funding for improving Barrey Junction on the A2070 so that drivers can turn right and, for those who want to visit the commercial site coming from Junction 10, can do so safely?
The A2070 is a part of the Highways Agency, HA, road network and therefore any proposed amendments to the Barry Road junction will need to satisfy their requirements. Following previous correspondence from residents, KCC officers discussed local aspirations for the provision of a right turn from Barrey Road on to the A2070 with the HA and the intention was that KCC would have investigated this request as part of the SELEP interim scheme for J10A.
The HA are now leading on the delivery of the full junction scheme at J10A and there will be a formal opportunity to raise local concerns such as this with the HA during the proposed public consultation, required as part of the planning process. The HA has issued the following statement in response to recent correspondence from KCC officers regarding Barrey Road:
The HA project team for the M20 J10a scheme will be considering any comments on the scheme, as we progress through the preliminary design and prior to submitting a planning application (through the Development Consent Order process) in autumn 2015. We will be carrying out a public consultation in summer 2015, where we will formally capture any issues arising and address them, providing evidence for any decisions on what is and is not possible.
KCC officers will also be part of the HA Steering Group for the delivery of the full J10A and will ensure that the concerns of local residents are considered by the HA project team.