Ramblers urge Government for safe crossing....25 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:33 AM

Story by Peter Skingle

Large numbers of hikers, cyclists and equestrians gathered to support the campaign for a safe crossing of the A2 at Barham and Kingston.

The rally which took place in Barham on Saturday (21/9/02) was organised by the Canterbury Group of the Ramblers Association.

There was widespread support with representatives from many organisations and other Kent Ramblers Groups.

Ken Wright, Chairman of the Rambler's Association Kent Footpaths committee and Martin Vye, Canterbury City and County Councillor for the area addressed the rally before the protestors set off on a short walk highlighting the dangers of crossing the A2.

There are about fourteen bridleways or footpaths which straddle the busy A2 between Canterbury and Dover and it is hoped that the Highways Agency, who are responsible for the road, will make some provision for ramblers and horse riders who want to cross the carriageway.

The Ramblers Association has long campaigned for a safe crossing at Barham and Kingston and intends to continue the campaign by lobbying both MPs and the Highways Agency.