Confusion and frustration as multiple drivers caught off guard by speed limit changes on A20 Sidcup Road

Multiple drivers have been caught off guard and fined for speeding on the A20 Sidcup Road, near the Swanley Interchange. The road has recently undergone temporary speed limit changes from 70mph to 40mph, catching many drivers by surprise.

One such driver, Serena Brook from Kemsing, has received two notices of intended prosecution (NIPs) after unknowingly driving at 50mph and 64mph along the A20 between Crittal’s Corner and the Swanley Interchange. Like many others, she claims that the changes were not properly communicated and some signs were not clear, with at least one still showing a 50mph limit.

According to Transport for London (TfL), the speed limit change was necessary due to ongoing surface water flooding along the road, causing aquaplaning incidents and multiple crashes. This emergency order does not require formal consultation, but TfL has stated that they plan to begin permanent drainage works in May.

However, the lack of communication and clarity over the changes has caused frustration and stress for many drivers, including Serena. She believes that the small and hidden signs are easy to miss, especially for those driving in the outside lane or overtaking a lorry.

While she understands the safety concerns behind the changes, Serena thinks that the lack of communication and clarity have caused unnecessary stress and issues for drivers. She is not alone in this sentiment, as a Facebook page has been set up for affected drivers and has amassed over 11,000 members. In addition, several Kent MPs have written to the Mayor of London and TfL, expressing their concerns and requesting that fines and points be cancelled for drivers traveling at 50mph and under.

The new temporary speed limit extends from Woodchurch Close to the National Highways boundary at Swanley, and will remain in place until permanent drainage works can be completed. While the safety of drivers is important, it is important for authorities to ensure that proper communication and signage are in place to avoid confusion and frustration for drivers.

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