Motorists back J10 campaign
HUNDREDS of motorists have backed our campaign to keep the M20 Junction 10 roundabout moving.
Just a week after launching the Keep It Moving campaign, we have been inundated with responses from readers who agree that congestion has eased considerably since the traffic lights were switched off as part of roadworks.
They have called for the lights to be permanently removed.
More than 200 people have already signed our petition and added their views to our online Speak Out, calling on the Highways Agency to find a long-term solution.
Turning off the lights is the best things to have happened at Junction 10 for years. Where I live I cannot leave my house without going round the junction. There have been instances when I have not been able to leave my home and have had to ring into work for a day off as the traffic is not moving Ken Paine, Ashford. Keep the traffic lights away. My children are never late now. Julia Luckhurst, Ashford. Traffic has never been able to move round the junction with such ease since the introduction of the lights, even at peak times. M.F. Twyman, Ashford. Possibly the first roadworks in history to actually improve the transport network while still in situ. Fingers crossed the nanny state doesn’t step in, double the number of lights and cameras, then pepper the roads with speed bumps and chicanes. S. Alexander, Canterbury. Fantastic since the lights have gone. Traffic moves at all times of day – even rush hour. Please don’t put them back, we are quite capable of working out when to go and when to stop. More so it seems than a set of traffic lights. Nikki Jackson, Brabourne Lees. What, no lights! It’s fantastic, a trip to Tesco Crooksfoot is no longer a nightmare. Please, Highways Agency, do not put them back. Tina Hogben, Ashford. Much better without the traffic lights, except possibly leaving M20 south. Provide a right turn out of Sevington Business Park by installing traffic lights. This would mean less traffic on Junction 10 roundabout. Roger Justice, Ashford. I live really near Junction 10 and have noticed a vast improvement in all of my journey times. Samantha Maybury, Ashford. Only down side is the traffic from the motorway. I drive to Lenham everyday and the journey to work is far better. Stefan Hayes, Ashford. Please keep the lights at bay. If you want to put them anywhere, please place them on Junction 9 at rush hour as the traffic is always backed on to the motorway, which is very dangerous. So much so that I use local roads to come home.
Samantha Sutton, Ashford. Less congestion, nobody sitting in the yellow boxes blocking the roundabout, people seem to be taking more care getting round the system, traffic is definitely flowing much better without the lights. J. Burns, Sellindge. The huge queues backing onto the M20, which were pretty hairy at times, have subsided. I’ve never had such a pain free journey to work at the William Harvey. My only additional suggestion would be to erect speed cameras so cars stick to the 30mph limit which would make joining the roundabout easier Selina Brewerton, Folkestone. Gone are the long queues backing up on the roundabout. Gone are the stressed faces of motorists as they sit at yet another set of lights. And welcome to all the motorists who now feel free to travel around the roundabout with a smile on their faces. Anita Sloan, Ashford. To approach the roundabout at Junction 10 from any direction is now a dream compared to the nightmare when traffic lights were operating up until a few months ago.
Gone are the long queues backing up on the roundabout. Gone are the stressed faces of motorists as they sit at yet another set of lights. And welcome to all the motorists who now feel free to travel around the roundabout with a smile on their faces
Anne Brewins, Charing. I work at the William Harvey and since the lights have been taken out, the traffic flow is improved and there are no huge traffic jams, particularly at Saturday lunchtime when it has been impossible for me to get to the hospital on time for my shift. Susan Mitchell, Ashford. I cannot believe the difference it has made since the traffic lights have been switched off. A radical rethink to the way traffic enters the roundabout is obviously needed. Barbara E. Downes, Kingsnorth. The solution (no traffic lights) has been staring us in the face and thousands of pounds have been spent on “consultants” to come up with what? Lessons should have been learned before now when traffic lights failed at this junction in the past. John Matthews, Ashford. The sight lines are not good (particularly coming off the M20 coastbound) and would need to be improved, as would the junction markings if this was to be a long-term solution. Richard Giles, Ashford. See for yourselves, take a look. Junction 10 does not need traffic lights. R. Brooks, Ashford. It is definitely much better without the traffic lights, so we would not like to see them reinstated. One of the problems has always been the large number of drivers who go through the lights when they are on red, thereby creating further problems. Linda Golding, Willesborough. Why is it when the road management systems aren’t working, the traffic flows? Tim Wall, Ashford. If they do decide to turn the lights back on, perhaps they should consider sensors. There is nothing more frustrating than waiting at the red light when the roundabout is empty. Mr Eastwood, Godmersham Park. Living as I do above the M20, I have no choice but to go round Junction 10 to get to work or to Ashford. Since the traffic lights have been turned off, I have not queued once. Jill Humphreys, Ashford. Please leave it alone and let’s not have the lights back. Margaret Read, Kenardington. Junction 10 is much improved with the traffic lights removed. Even with heavy traffic it moves so much faster. Paul Starling, Hamstreet. Without doubt the traffic lights cause congestion. They are not required at off-peak times. Peter Barden, Smeeth. Not only does the traffic move freely but drivers have smiles on their faces as they realise how easy Junction 10 is without the lights. Carol Hoare, Willesborough. Drivers seem to be a lot less stressed and polite. I haven’t seen any accidents, so with less lanes and contractors’ traffic, the traffic flow is better without the lights. Ray Hoare, Ashford. I work at the William Harvey. We have noticed at work that people no longer arrive frustrated and, on more than one occasion, extremely upset due to the stress that is caused at Junction 10. Hester Gauden, Ashford. When the work is done let drivers think for themselves. Leonard Collier, Ashford. Please do not go back to the abysmal lights which only hindered the flow causing long tailbacks and many frustrated drivers. Nigel Humphreys, Ashford. Keep the lights off. It works so well, everybody gets home on time. Well I do… just in time for The Simpsons. Nicola Collins, Ashford. Millions of pounds are being spent on the J10 roundabout because of congestion. However, once the lights are switched off, the congestion goes. Has nobody thought what a terrible waste of money this “improvement” work constitutes? John Bailey, Ashford. Maybe the roundabout is too small for the amount of lights, but whatever the reason or cause, we are better off without them. Robert Shoebridge, Brookland. Let us hope that after June, when the suspension finishes, that sense prevails and they remove them. Harry Matthews, Ashford. I use Junction 10 every day as I work at Ashford Business Park. What a dream when I leave work to get round Junction 10. It worked well before the lights were installed and it is working now. Debra King, Ashford. Going shopping with my daughter was a nightmare but now we just glide through and no hang-ups. Joan Skinner, Willesborough. The removal of the lights was only necessitated by the lack of correct programming of the light control system. Now pedestrians and cyclists who use public rights of way in the vicinity of J10 have no safe method of negotiating the traffic in order to get from Willesborough to Tesco or the A20. Fintan Lawlor, Willesborough. Never known the roundabout so clear since the lights came down. Mr C. Long, Ashford. Get rid of the lights permanently and sort the road markings out to stop traffic in the outside lanes from cutting off exits. Jonathan Nock, Ashford. In the years since the lights were installed I have avoided J10 as much as possible, knowing it will add time to my journey. The worst was waiting for the lights to change at night when there was nothing coming round the roundabout. Please leave them turned off. Lisa Sullivan, Ashford. I have said for many a year that the traffic lights at Junction 10 cause the traffic to build up instead of helping it flow. This switch-off has proved it. Neal Boatman, Biddenden. I was very worried that the roadworks would add a good half-hour to my journey. They actually seem to save me 15 minutes. The only downfall would be at the busiest times when Tesco seems to have the queues, but then, this is always the case. Andrew Skinner, Willesborough. The lights never worked in conjunction with the other lights. Coming from Hythe Road the lights were red when no traffic came around from the Folkestone/Sevington Bus Park way, and then went green once all the traffic had come through and you couldn’t move. Kim Skinner, Willesborough. The Magic Roundabout is no more. My journeys are a dream. No more do I queue. It would be insane to reinstate these lights. Teresa, Brookland. No lights will be more cost effective and carbon friendly as there will be no traffic standing with engines running. David Potter, Rhodes Minnis. We have never known J10 to flow as well as it has done in the last few months. We are moving to Singleton in May and will need to use the roundabout on a daily basis, so we hope the lights are kept off. Steph & Mike Davies, Newingreen. Some drivers still insist on cutting onto the roundabout from the Tesco or Folkestone junctions. My worry is that there will be a nasty accident because of some impatient fool and we then have to turn the clock back 10 years. Paul Rayner, Ashford. We always avoid the junction if we can because we know we could be stuck there for ever. Jo Clements, Folkestone. I get dropped off from work at Tesco every day and walk home from there. This involves going around the edge of the roundabout. I am pretty much having to run across the road when I think a suitable gap is there to cross it, so, at the moment, it is a nightmare to get home. If pedestrian crossings were substituted for the traffic lights, I think we will have a winner. Dave Winchester, Ashford.