Teynham calls for speed cameras along A2 London Road blackspot
There are calls for more to be done to stop speeding on a route notorious for deaths, accidents and speeding.
Teynham’s A2 London Road is known as a blackspot for crashes and fatalities due to its unmonitored speed restrictions and hill with a blind rise.
The 30mph limit along the A2, London Road, in Teynham. Picture: Megan Carr
The stretch of road has witnessed the death of 10 people over the last 23-years according to Crash Map UK, a website which locates road accidents from published Department for Transport data.
There have also been 15 serious accidents along the route with the most recent seeing two people taken to hospital following a crash between two motorbikes and a car on Friday, March 17.
Lesley Wood, a 60-year-old who has lived along London Road for the last year, saw the aftermath of the collision.
It happened just outside her house by the Insight residential home.
She recalled: “One of the bikes was under the car and another seemed to be almost in the car.
The national speed limit sign as you exit Teynham towards Faversham along London Road. Picture: Megan Carr
“There was loads of debris and one of the helmets had come off the rider and was just laying by the residential home’s wall.
“The road must have been shut for seven or eight hours. The forensics were there until 1am the following day.”
Although police confirmed drink and drug arrests were made as a result of the crash, Lesley feels the hidden hill along London Road is also partly to blame.
She added: “Traffic goes past my house at 50 or 60mph sometimes.
“They don’t slow down when they see the 30mph sign, if anything I think the slower speed needs to come into force sooner.
Accident opposite The Dover Castle pub, London Road, Teynham, in November 2008
This Nissan 370Z was involved in an accident with a Toyota Auris in the London Road, Teynham, close to the Dover Castle Inn, at around 8.30pm on June 26, 2013
“In fact, I think it would be great to get speed cameras put up along here.”
“There is a real hidden hill here and it can be disorientating.
“Drivers need to be aware of it as it’s a busy road.
“People don’t take notice of the 30mph speed limit and that’s why I think speed cameras would be really effective here.
“I just want to know what it is going to take to get speed cameras installed.
People laid flowers outside The Swan pub by the scene where a cyclist was involved in a fatal traffic accident with a lorry on the London Road in Teynham in 2016.
“The recent accident was carnage and since I moved here a year ago the traffic has only gotten worse.
“Something needs to be done.”
In 2016 two men were killed in a horror crash in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
Karl Buchan, 23, and Michael Shepherd, 27, died when a car careered into an historic water fountain opposite the Dover Castle pub.
The pair, who were backseat passengers in a Renault Clio, were pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Cllr Mike Whiting is calling for speed cameras along London Road in Teynham
Just a month later on February 13, 2016, a 73-year-old cyclist also died after colliding with a delivery lorry – just yards from where Mr Buchan and Mr Shepherd were killed.
It was believed the woman was knocked off her bike by a lorry, believed to be delivering goods to the nearby Co-op, near the junction of Lynsted Lane.
Mike Whiting, Conservative councillor for Teynham and Lynsted, also feels something needs to be done.
He said: “I agree with the residents of London Road that a speed camera needs to be installed.
“Since the accident on March 17, I have written to Kent County Council (KCC) to see what can be done.
Police closed the road where a cyclist was involved in a fatal traffic accident with a lorry on the London Road in Teynham in 2016
“In previous years we managed to get KCC to agree there were speed issues along London Road.
“Since then there have been some changes to the road layout and there is now new signage including the flashing 30mph sign.
“However, this hasn’t stopped the accidents or the speeding.
“Teynham seems to be the only settlement along the A2 London Road from Medway to Faversham that doesn’t have a speed camera.
“I have asked that the stretch of road just before you get into Teynham coming from Faversham is reduced from 60mph to 40mph.
A 30mph sign along London Road in Teynham. Picture: Megan Carr
“This would help ease motorists into the 30mph limit as they enter Teynham and hopefully stop the speeding.
“I do think KCC need to revisit this. It needs to be looked at again so we can come up with a solution to end this suffering.”
Another resident, who lives nearby and did not wish the be named, agreed.
The 75-year-old said: “It should be 30mph all the way along London Road.
“We need speed cameras but they won’t be installed until there are more fatalities.
The village water fountain was destroyed in 2008
“The council seem to be more reactive to these things than proactive.”
The man, who was born along London Road and later moved back to the area 25 years ago, says there have always been problems along the route.
He added: “If you go over the hill at speed it seems to push you over into the oncoming lane of traffic on the other side.
“You sometimes can’t see pedestrians either because the hill blocks your view.”
A KCC spokesperson said: “The safety of everyone who uses our roads is a priority.
The A2, London Road, Teynham. Picture: Google
“KCC works with local communities to monitor the effectiveness of highway safety measures already put in place but remains committed to working with the Kent & Medway Safety Camera Partnership (KMSCP) to introduce enforcement tools to manage speed, in line with KMSCP’s policies.”
The KMSCP is committed to educating, encouraging and enforcing motorists to help make Kent roads safer.
A statement on its website reads: “The decision upon whether a fixed camera or camera van can be installed at a site depends upon the relevant highway authority for the area.
“This will either be Kent County Council, Medway Council or the National Highways. The partnership’s role is to enforce and maintain these sites.
“Fixed safety camera sites are located where three or more people have been killed or seriously injured in speed-related crashes, over a 1.5km stretch of road, in the three years prior to installation.”
- ^ Teynham’s (www.kentonline.co.uk)
- ^ crash between two motorbikes and a car (www.kentonline.co.uk)
- ^ horror crash in the early hours of New Year’s Day (www.kentonline.co.uk)
- ^ 73-year-old cyclist also died after colliding with a delivery lorry (www.kentonline.co.uk)
- ^ Faversham (www.kentonline.co.uk)