High­ways urged to ‘prove case’ for traf­fic lights

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - JUNCTION 10 - by Paul Francis

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.

Pic­ture Gary Browne pd 1173071

Traf­fic has been mov­ing freely since the traf­fic lights at junc­tion 10 were switched off

Cllr Keith Fer­rin, KCC cabi­net mem­ber for Trans­port

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