Covers Farm: the ‘haul’ road and its potential hazards


The proposed ‘temporary’ road or ‘haul’ road

To spare Westerham High Street from all these lorries, the applicant proposes a  ‘temporary’ road  between the BP garage roundabout and the Croydon Road This would be a 4-metre wide road with passing places. (Its route  just happens to trace the part of the Which Way Westerham development that served 160 houses.)  

Noise, dust and fumes for Churchill School Primary Children

Churchill C of E School Primary pupils would have to endure the construction of the haul road, the construction of the earthworks and then the 5+ years of 84,000  lorries to-ing and fro-ing between the Croydon Road (B) and the Beggars Lane roundabout (C).



Dangerous convergence at the BP garage roundabout

The haul road is single width. The traffic figures suggest that there would be a lorry every three minutes. Where do the arriving lorries, waiting to join the haul road, park up?  As they wait in the mornings for the quarry site to open, where will they park up?

Danger of lorries on Westerham Hill

The “Routeing proposal” currently implies that there could be more than an extra 100 lorries per day going up and down Westerham Hill.  Having a maximum gradient of 18% (average 9%) there are no passing places on this winding hill.  

Croydon Road – dangerous stop light location

Where the 200 daily lorry journeys would intercept the Croydon Road, at Point B above, a stop light is proposed.   You can see that this in the 60 mph limit zone, on a bend where it emerges from the M25 underpass. There would be a lorry every three minutes here.  We leave you to consider the risks of all of this.

Paragraph 109 of the National Planning Policy Framework 
Development should only be prevented or refused if there would be an unacceptable impact on highway safety, or the residual cumulative effect on the road network would be severe. ‘ (NPPF, July 2018)

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