Calls to re­view road­works lay­out

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

There were al­most 50 ac­ci­dents in just two months on a stretch of the M20 nar­rowed to two lanes while road­works take place.

High­ways Eng­land has faced calls to re­view its man­age­ment of the Lon­don-bound road­works between junc­tion 9 and 8 in the face of com­plaints the lanes are too nar­row.

Fig­ures re­leased by High­ways Eng­land show between July 7 and Septem­ber 5 there were 47 col­li­sions of which 25 - more than half - in­volved a lorry and a car.

High­ways Eng­land says none of the se­ri­ous in­ci­dents were caused by the de­sign of the traf­fic man­age­ment road lay­out.

The £25m works have been in­tro­duced to pro­vide a tem­po­rary so­lu­tion to help avoid Op­er­a­tion Stack.

The tem­po­rary so­lu­tion will al­low for two-way travel on the Lon­don-bound car­riage­way in the event that the coast­bound car­riage­way is re­quired to man­age port-bound freight af­ter Brexit.

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