Don’t put traf­fic lights back, beg mo­torists

There has been a great re­sponse to our Junc­tion 10 cam­paign on the Speak Out sec­tion of our web­site, Kent On­line. Here is a se­lec­tion of your com­ments, left

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - JUNCTION 10 - by Kirsty Parkin

Record re­sponse to our cam­paign, Keep Junc­tion 10 Mov­ing

HUN­DREDS of mo­torists have put pen to pa­per, sig­na­ture to pe­ti­tion and logged onto the web­site to sound off about the sit­u­a­tion at Junc­tion 10.

Last week the Ken­tish Ex­press launched its cam­paign to keep Junc­tion 10 mov­ing af­ter be­ing swamped with let­ters from read­ers say­ing traf­fic has been flow­ing bet­ter since the lights have been off.

More than 200 peo­ple have al­ready signed our pe­ti­tion and added their views to our on­line Speak Out, call­ing for the lights not to be re­in­stated or de­mand­ing a so­lu­tion be found.

Some sug­ges­tions in­cluded mov­ing traf­fic lights to Junc­tion 9 at rush hour when traf­fic backs onto the mo­tor­way and re­plac­ing lights with speed cam­eras.

The con­sen­sus was that they did not want to see the traf­fic lights re­turn and ruin their now “pain-free jour­neys”.

Less con­gested

John Sen­dall-King is one of the many peo­ple who works at the William Har­vey Hospi­tal who posted their views on our on­line Speak Out.

Mr Sen­dall-King, who has been a mor­ti­cian at the hospi­tal for 20 years, said jour­neys to and from his home in Mill­brook Meadow, Singleton, had more than halved since the lights were re­moved.

He also said the whole area around the hospi­tal had be­come less con­gested as a re­sult.

“Be­fore the lights were ex­tin­guished it could take half an hour to three quar­ters of an hour just to leave the hospi­tal and cross Junc­tion 10, let alone get home to Singleton across this con­tin­u­ally snarled-up town,” he said.

“Peo­ple are of­ten late for or miss­ing ap­point­ments be­cause of the traf­fic. It must drive the am­bu­lance peo­ple round the bend.

“If it af­fects my deal­ing with the dead it must af­fect the liv­ing even more.

“I am as­ton­ished they even think of hav­ing the lights there.

“The whole town is so crazily de­signed that al­most any­one in South Ash­ford has to use it.”

Pic­ture Dave Downey pd1165790

Traf­fic mov­ing eas­ily on the Willes­bor­ough round­about since the lights were switched off

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