Barrier to be installed on Military Road to stop motorists – The Isle Of Thanet News


Military Road at Ramsgate Harbor

The Thanet Council will install a barrier and video surveillance on Military Road in Ramsgate to prevent motorists from using it as a rat run.

The road that runs along the quay at the inner marina of the port is often used by vehicles as an alternate route into and out of Ramsgate via the port access road and the Royal Harbor Approach Tunnel.

The Thanet Council says the road is not a public road and has speed bumps to keep vehicle speeds down, but the frequency of vehicle use has slowly increased in recent years.

To eliminate the possibility of using this route as a “rat run” in and out of town, Council Chairman Cllr Ash Ashbee has requested the installation of a vehicle barrier outside the Ice House on Military Road.

A similar barrier existed here until 2018, but it was often destroyed. In order to reduce this risk in the future, the barrier and the adjacent area will be covered with high-resolution video surveillance with signs indicating the control measure.

The barrier is electronically controlled and all port and port customers can pass it with their existing remote access controls that are already used to access other port facilities.

The barrier is a rising boom type that is equipped with red LED lights along the boom for visibility and safety. It will be funded from existing revenue budgets and will be installed in September 2021.

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