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Northfleet residents demand road action

PUBLISHED: 14:13 28 April 2011

Colyer Road crash

Colyer Road crash

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»Residents demanding traffic calming measures on their road say it was a "miracle" no one was seriously injured or killed during a six-vehicle crash on Saturday.

Midwife Ann Fordham, 48, of Colyer Road, Northfleet, is among the owners of several parked vehicles damaged when the driver of a black BMW smashed in to them at about 7.30pm.

Minutes earlier her friend, Lin Papworth, had stepped from her convertible Smart car. It was crushed in the accident which saw it pushed in to a front garden.

Mrs Fordham, who has lived on the road since she was orn, said: “A few minutes earlier and she would have been sitting in that car and been seriously injured.

“Is the county council going to wait until someone dies before they do something? There could have been a family walking along the road, they would have been wiped out. .

“Once, my husband was polishing his car when he stepped back on the pavement only for his car and the one next to it to be hit. He could have lost his legs and so the incidents continue.”

She claims traffic has increased recently due to the expansion of Northfleet Technology College and nearby Northfleet Girls School as parents use it as a cut-through road. Waterdales, which runs adjacent, has had speed humps installed but Mrs Fordham feels chicanes in Colyer Road would be more suitable.

Campaigner and resident Ian Hartridge, 69, has enlisted the help of Gravesham councillor John Loughlin to convince Kent County Council bosses that traffic-calming measures are needed.

He said: “We can only be grateful that nobody was killed or seriously injured. What if this had happened during school hours? However, it is only a matter of time before a fatality occurs.”

Councillor John Loughlin, who represents Northfleet South, said: “Perhaps they are waiting for someone to be killed before they take action.”

A Kent County Council spokesperson was unavailable for comment as we went to press.

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