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GORDON HENDERSON MP

FOR SITTINGBOURNE & SHEPPEY

MP wins battle to have traffic signs changed

30th July 2012
MP wins battle to have traffic signs changed

Local MP Gordon Henderson has finally won his battle to have the traffic direction signs at The Aviator junction changed.

When the new A249 was built as part of the Sheppey Crossing project, the Highways Agency installed signs that directed Sheerness traffic along the A250 Queenborough Road through Halfway, with the A249 Brielle Way being signed as the route to Sheerness Docks.

Five years ago Mr Henderson took up the issue on behalf of residents living in Halfway and last week his efforts were rewarded when the traffic signs were changed to direct Sheerness bound motorists down the A249, with only Minster bound traffic being directed along the A250.

The change of heart by the Highways Agency follows Mr Henderson’s success earlier this year when Minster was added to the main road sign coming onto the Island, which previously listed only Leysdown as the destination when heading east.

Two other signs have been erected following pressure by Mr Henderson, the first is the “Welcome To Sheppey” sign that was lost during construction of the Sheppey Crossing, and a sign directing lorries heading for the Rushenden Industrial Estate along newly opened Thomsett Way, rather than through Queenborough.

Mr Henderson said: “I would like to thank the Highways Agency for at last recognising that they had made a mistake when routing all Sheerness bound traffic along the A250 rather than the A249, I only regret that it took them five years to see the error of their ways!”

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