The route between two of the four proposed ‘Source Zones’ for the inert waste material and the entrance to the ‘haul road’ has to pass along the A233 through Biggin Hill. This is a very busy thoroughfare, with dense residential development either side, a commercial centre, numerous businesses and a very high rate of motorists stopping and turning as they carry out passing trade. The route passes several bus stops serving Charles Darwin Secondary School. Many of the pupils walk to school along this route.
To the north, the community of Keston has a winding road, and there is a primary school.
The route through Biggin Hill and Keston already has a very high rate of accidents (crashmap.co.uk) some of which have been serious or fatal.
Approximately half of the 42,000 Covers Farm lorry loads would come through Biggin Hill, because Kent County Council has put an upper limit of 100 there-and-back movements per day on the other major route. Allowing the Covers Farm proposal would lead to a considerable increase in the volume of four-axle trucks coming through Keston and Biggin Hill.
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