Highways urged to ‘prove case’ for traffic lights
MORE than 500 people have now signed our petition to help put pressure on the Highways Agency to find a long-term solution to congestion problems at the Junction 10 roundabout. You can add your name by visiting www.kentonline.co.uk/junction 10 or by visiting our office at 34-36 North Street, Ashford. Send your views to the above address, e-mail kentishexpress.co.uk or follow the links to the Speak Out section on our website Kent Online
ROAD chiefs must prove that traffic lights at the M20 junction 10 roundabout will not make congestion worse, a leading county councillor has said.
Cllr Keith Ferrin (Con), KCC’s cabinet member for roads, has demanded that the Highways Agency be forced to make the case for reinstalling lights at the junction after hundreds of motorists said chronic delays had all but disappeared since they were switched off during improvement work.
The agency is carrying out the work for the Department of Transport, which is responsible for the motorway network.
The Kentish Express Junction 10 - Keep It Moving campaign has already drawn widespread support among regular users of the junction.
Cllr Ferrin said he backed our campaign, saying that if there was no inherently good reason for traffic lights, then they should go altogether.
“If the traffic is moving well without the traffic lights, then there must be a case for saying they ought not to go back and I think the Highways Agency should be looking very closely at that. It is up to them to make the case if they do want them back.”
“I do not think people have any concept of how costly they are,” he added.
He opposed keeping lights at the junction to be used at peak hours, saying the evidence indicated that they often contributed to traffic delays during the rush hour.
Traffic has been moving freely since the traffic lights at junction 10 were switched off
Cllr Keith Ferrin, KCC cabinet member for Transport