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Kent pedestrian guardrail removal 'could cost lives'

Kent pedestrian guardrail removal 'could cost lives'
A pedestrian guardrail removal plan in Dover has been met with opposition, with one councillor saying lives could be at risk if the barriers go.

According to KentOnline, Kent County Council (KCC) wants to remove the barriers to cut costs, with a contractor's report on behalf of Kent Highway Services labelling the safety measures as "street clutter".

The report noted that some of the guard railing is poorly sited and can become easily damaged, increasing maintenance costs and complaints.

Some 600 barrier sections have been recommended for removal.

However, councillor John Goodwin told the newspaper taking down the barriers could increase accidents and put lives at risk.

But councillor John Goodwin told the newspaper he was concerned that without the barriers there could be many more accidents.

"These barriers protect pedestrians and dangerous points and direct people to safer crossing points," he said.

"Once again the Tory-run KCC is cost cutting. How much is a life worth? This will lead to dozens of accidents involving people versus cars, lots of injuries and maybe deaths. We have seen many incidents in the last few weeks."

Recently, a Worcestershire councillor called for metal railings on a road in Rubery to be repaired, following several collisions in the last six months.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800340112-ADNFCR

Date: 13/01/2011 12:14:55

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