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