Cash to make dangerous east Kent roads safer

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The A290 between Canterbury and Whitstable

The government is making money available for roads authorities to carry out improvement works on two major east Kent roads.

Kent County Council will receive cash from the Safer Roads Fund for work on the A290 between Canterbury and Whitstable and the A252 between Charing and Chilham.

Matthew Scott, the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, has welcomed the cash injection.

He said: “Road safety is not just a policing issue. It involves education and engineering as well as enforcement. The Government’s investment will make our roads even safer.

“I will continue to work with Kent Police and other agencies such as our councils and Kent Fire and Rescue Service to help keep Kent a safe place to live, work and visit.”

Jesse Norman, the Under Secretary of State for Transport, says the money comes as part of an £100 million investment package to upgrade the most dangerous A roads across the UK.

The A290 particularly has been the scene of numerous serious and fatal accidents.

“The UK has some of the safest roads in the world, but every road death is an unnecessary tragedy,” Mr Norman said.

“That is why the last government set out an ambitious range of further measures to enhance the safety of UK road users in its 2015 Road safety statement.”

The government is also making money available for police forces to upgrade their breathalysing equipment.

Mr Norman said this would be to allow for “swifter and more timely read-outs on drink-driving tests”.

He added: “This package of measures underlines the government’s recognition of the importance of road safety.”

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