March supermarket’s bid to ease traffic congestion

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Sainsbury’s is once again pushing for a new exit at its March store to help stop shoppers getting stuck in traffic.

The supermarket has applied for planning permission to create an exit from its car park on to Creek Road.

At the moment, vehicles can only enter and exit the car park from Mill View. But due to traffic lights on the Dartford Road/Broad Street junction, motorists often experience delays when leaving the site.

The planning application says adding an exit 65m to the east of the Creek Road junction on to Creek Road will encourage cars to avoid the Dartford Road/Broad Street junction, reducing congestion in the area.

Sainsbury’s was granted permission for a Creek Road exit in 2001 and 2006 but nearby residents complained it would restrict their parking. Both applications have since expired.

A statement with the application says about four on-street, unrestricted parking spaces would be lost as a result of the new exit development, but a traffic survey conducted in October showed there would still be sufficient parking.

The statement said: “At any one time, there would be at least seven available car parking spaces after building the new exit.

“It could therefore be concluded that the development would have a negligible impact on local parking.

“The proposal would not have a detrimental impact on the local highway network and the Creek Road/Mill View junction may have improved capacity. It is expected that the proposed access will improve driving conditions for Sainsbury’s customers and Mill View traffic.

“Traffic delay may reduce as a result of this proposed improvement and the supermarket would become more attractive to drivers.”

It also said there had been one serious and eight minor road traffic collisions in the area in the last three years, and the new exit may help to “reduce accident risks”.