To add to this morning’s traffic nightmare, a lorry carrying chemical gas overturned on the Monkton roundabout on the A299 early today bringing gridlock to Thanet.
Because of the nature of the gas, all roads leading to the site were closed. The Thanet Way is shut at the St Nicholas at Wade junction and the A253 is closed at the Prospect Inn junction with traffic being diverted via Acol.
Kent Online reports that gridlock is still the ongoing situation on the Isle, with the roads into Margate via Birchington jammed solid and the roads around Minster and Monkton slow moving. The roads through the villages at the centre of the Isle are also jammed with drivers trying to get round the chaos.
At 9.30am the queue stretched back up the Thanet Way beyond the Roman Galley - a distance of some two miles - and the situation remained chronic with drivers being warned to avoid the area altogether until this afternoon at the earliest.
Meanwhile, Canterbury road in Westgate is another nightmare. I couldn’t actually take my daughter to school by car this morning as the Minster road is blocked of with road laying equipment and the detour will take you around Garlinge in one direction. To add to the joy, there are single alternate traffic lights opposite the Nayland Rock Hotel and of course, along Westgate Bay Avenue in Westgate. My advice, stay at home, find a bicycle or simply walk.