There are still problems as Kent County Council have not yet had the next stage of consultation, by writing to local residents. Road signs stating the speed limit on Haine Road has been reduced to 30 mph do not seem to have made a lot of difference - some, if not most, of the traffic is still speeding past.
As the TV advert goes - hit a child at 40 mph and 80% would die - hit a child at 30 mph and 80% would live. There are still some lorries over 7 tons using the road - although it is good to note there are not as many as in the past. Local residents main concern is over the volume and speed of the traffic using the road when there is the safer New Haine Road in place.
Residents I have spoken to in 'Old' Haine Road want the old road shut, making all the traffic use the New Haine Road.
One problem is I understand the emergency services do not like this idea of road closure. I am told that Kent Highways are working on ways by which the emergency services could have access down the Old Haine Road if necessary, if say the New Haine Road was blocked due to a traffic jam.
Residents keep losing wing mirrors from their cars when they park on Old Haine Road because the drivers are going too fast to calculate distances correctly!
I am told by Kent Highways that they will be writing to local residents about how to manage traffic in the next week or so. I look forward to hearing about their plans.