Mary Varrall and the local Lib Dems are glad to see that the government has chosen Tonbridge High Street to receive £2.62 million to fund transport projects from the local growth fund. It is desirable that plans reduce traffic sufficiently to bring air pollution down to acceptable levels.
Whilst the proposals look interesting, there are areas that Mary feels merit further investigation:
- Will an alternative route be found for the school buses early in the morning and at the end of the school day? These are important to ferry our children to various schools at either end of our town, reducing the use of cars; but could a more imaginative route be found, thus reducing the use of the High Street at these busy times?
- How will blue badge holders be able to access facilities such as banks and cash machines without causing a pile up in the narrowed lanes?
- Can the vital crossing in Vale Road be improved? It already causes considerable congestion at certain times of the day and this could be aggravated by the proposed changes.
Mary and the local Lib Dems are excited by the possibility of areas to include focal points for art and music performances.