French sys­tem has got to be bet­ter

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

S. DON­ALD (March 8) asks what the French do when bad weather or strikes cause Stack to be im­ple­mented. Twice I have been in France un­der such con­di­tions and both times the French po­lice line the trucks up along the (rather nar­row) hard shoul­der. With a large po­lice pres­ence, one lane at least was kept mov­ing at all times. The po­lice here say they don’t have suf­fi­cient man­power to mon­i­tor such a sys­tem, in which case surely some traf­fic of­fi­cers could be brought in from other coun­ties? It is we – lo­cal peo­ple – who suf­fer for what is caused by a na­tional sit­u­a­tion. I think all driv­ers would ac­cept one lane with a 50mph limit in use on the coast-bound M20 has got to be bet­ter than the present method of forc­ing through traf­fic on to the in­ad­e­quate ca­pac­ity of the A20. Gor­don Hunt­ley, Ken­ning­ton.

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