It’s not chaos with no lights – it’s bet­ter

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

WE WERE warned that we were go­ing to have months of chaos dur­ing the road­works at junc­tion 10. But no... it’s fan­tas­tic with­out the traf­fic lights. Ev­ery­thing flows like a dream. No more jams at any of the ap­proaches, re­gard­less of time of day, even at peak times. Mo­torists drive with more care and at­ten­tion and it’s far bet­ter than when we had the traf­fic lights that were al­ways out of sync. Please, please do not put the traf­fic lights back, it’s far bet­ter with­out them! Gill Papi, Ruf­fets Wood, Ash­ford.

SINCE the traf­fic lights have been switched off on the round­about at junc­tion 10, am I mad or does the traf­fic ac­tu­ally flow through this area quickly and eas­ily? I have been around this is­land at least 30 times at all times of the day, in­clud­ing rush hour, and find the traf­fic flow­ing freely, and with­out the long tail­backs on Hythe Road and on the exit slip south­bound on the M20. All the other en­try and exit ways are also free mov­ing, with no long queues, es­pe­cially com­ing out of Tesco, Crooks­foot, on a Sun­day, nor­mally a long-winded af­fair, with a tail­back fre­quently run­ning into the car park. I sup­pose we will get the lights back and the round­about will be up­graded and wider and we will get longer-than-ever queues. Will some­one look at this sit­u­a­tion and ac­tu­ally see what the traf­fic is do­ing with­out the con­stric­tion of the lights? Steve Webb, by e-mail.

AS A reg­u­lar user of the round­about at junc­tion 10, I have no­ticed that since they have turned off the traf­fic lights, de­spite the road­works, I haven’t been held up there for quite a while. Doesn’t this tell us some­thing about how use­less the lights were in man­ag­ing the traf­fic on the round­about? Peter Hodg­son, Hunter Road, Willes­bor­ough.

I HAVE no­ticed that since the traf­fic lights have been taken away from junc­tion 10, the traf­fic is flow­ing much more smoothly. Are there lessons to be learned? Like the great Bri­tish pub­lic is still ca­pa­ble of mak­ing its own de­ci­sions, what­ever our “con­trol freak” lead­ers think? Richard Beaugie, Sha­dox­hurst, Ash­ford.

Wye plans

‘Nimbys’ should be ap­plauded

I RE­FER to the plain­tive re­grets of Pete Raine (ex-KCC) mourn­ing the loss of Wye Park, and to the crit­i­cisms of “Nimbys” put by Peter Hobbs (Chan­nel Cham­ber of Com­merce, both Fe­bru­ary 22). First, it is a lazy crit­i­cism to la­bel as “Nimbys” peo­ple who seek to pro­tect lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment, al­beit their own, which is to be ap­plauded. In my ex­pe­ri­ence they are de­cent peo­ple who of­ten dis­play far greater con­cern for the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment than those in author­ity or with in­flu­ence. They are not a “vo­cal mi­nor­ity”. On Wye, the res­i­dents al­ways sup­ported a re­search cen­tre. There was never any of­fer of a “com­pro­mise” in Mr Raine’s words, nor any of­fer to “sit around the ta­ble”. In­deed, the deputy rec­tor of Im­pe­rial an­nounced that it was “an all or noth­ing project” with thou­sands of house and cash sur­pluses for Im­pe­rial. It was th­ese fail­ings by the pro­mul­ga­tors, in­clud­ing the coun­cils, that led ul­ti­mately to a re­treat and fail­ure of Napoleonic pro­por­tions. Ben Moor­head, chair­man Wye Fu­ture Group, Bod­sham, Ash­ford.

Are we in de­cline?

Big projects do noth­ing for us

AS AN Ash­ford res­i­dent for the past 35 years, I have be­come in­creas­ingly dis­turbed by the gen­eral de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the bor­ough.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne pd1143657

Work con­tin­ues on Junc­tion 10 in Ash­ford

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