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Kent’s roads see congestion as people flock to county’s beaches

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Kent has come alive this Bank Holiday Monday, as clear blue skies and sunshine come to Kent.

The county’s beaches are packed – to nobody’s surprise – and with the recent lockdown easing, garden parties are in full swing.

Kent's beaches are packed as Kent experiences a day of blue skies and sunshine. Archive picture
Kent’s beaches are packed as Kent experiences a day of blue skies and sunshine. Archive picture

However that means that Kent’s roads are crammed full of cars, and many beachgoers are starting to feel the congestion.

There’s currently a 40-minute delay on the coastbound M2 between J5 A249 (Sittingbourne / Stockbury Roundabout) and J7 A2 (Brenley Corner).

The patchy congestion could affect those aiming for Thanet’s beaches this afternoon.

Further along the route, cars are completely clogging Margate seafront as people vie for good spots on the beach and nearby parking spaces.

This is replicated on Dover and Folkestone’s seafronts, as well as the A259 Lydd Road into Dymchurch.

Parks and pubs are also crammed with people this Bank Holiday Monday. Archive picture: Phil Lee
Parks and pubs are also crammed with people this Bank Holiday Monday. Archive picture: Phil Lee

If you’re looking to go further afield, routes into Camber and Rye are also experiencing high volumes of traffic.

Some areas seem unaffected by increased amounts of traffic though, and could prove ideal spots for a quieter day in the sun.

The Isle of Sheppey – with its Blue Flag-certified Sheerness beach – seems largely devoid of cars, while Medway with its riverside walks and parks is similarly quiet for such a sunny day.

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