Kent County Council has proposed the following options for consideration:
No Through Road: This option could be simply and easily implemented by the provision of ordinary gates and turning areas. An investigation of how this could be done has been carried out by KCC and a detailed plan produced. As landowners in Cornford Lane have already agreed to provide the land required for turning areas no cost, not only is this a self-enforcing, practical and totally effective solution but is also low cost.
One Way Sections: As noted by KCC, these may be ignored by some drivers, and cause some to increase speed through these sections and throughout the lane. This solution offers no increase in protection for pedestrians, cyclists, Pepenbury residents and staff, and the potential overall increase in speed will make it more dangerous. It will also encourage a large increase in traffic travelling on one direction.
Traffic Signals: As noted by KCC, these may cause more queues, and cause some drivers to increase speed through these sections, and the lights may be ignored by some drivers. This solution offers no increase in protection for pedestrians, Pepenbury residents and staff, cyclists and equestrians. The likelihood of gridlocks occurring will increase with traffic queuing for the lights in narrow sections, and continuing two-way traffic would allow damage to the fabric of the lane to continue unabated. This is also an expensive option estimated at over £40,000 to implement plus ongoing maintenance costs.
Traffic Calming: KCC notes multiple disadvantages to this proposal including the need to install lighting and road humps over an extended length of roadway, and an overall estimated cost of greater than £80,000. Although this might achieve slower speeds at some points, the issues of safety, queues, gridlocks and damage to the road surface and verges by two-way traffic would be unimproved.
No Action: This is simply not an option, all the safety issues and damage to the road surface and verges would continue and in fact get worse. This option would guarantee that continual expenditure would be required to repair and maintain road surfaces and verges.