Traf­fic lights needed at peak times

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

BY or­gan­is­ing a cam­paign to dis­pense with the traf­fic lights at junc­tion 10 of the M20, I can only as­sume that you re­ally haven’t stud­ied the sit­u­a­tion to the ex­tent that a de­ci­sion of this im­por­tance calls for. In the off-peak hours, yes the traf­fic does flow a lot bet­ter than it used to. But have you sur­veyed the sit­u­a­tion be­tween 7.30am and 9am and, worse still, at 5pm when the traf­fic trav­el­ling in the coastal di­rec­tion want­ing to leave the M20 at junc­tion 10 has to sit in line in the inside lane wait­ing to get off? I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that in the past ve­hi­cles on the hard shoul­der have been ploughed into by on­com­ing traf­fic. So how long is it go­ing to be be­fore a ma­jor dis­as­ter hap­pens by some­one crash­ing into the back of the traf­fic wait­ing in the inside lane? It is my firm opin­ion that traf­fic lights should be fit­ted. But as in other towns, only used at peak times and al­low the mo­tor­way traf­fic the chance to exit safely. Ge­off Reynolds, by e-mail � Ed­i­tor’s note: Our cam­paign is to per­suade the High­ways Agency to re­view its use of traf­fic lights on the junc­tion 10 round­about, ei­ther by re­mov­ing them al­to­gether or chang­ing the se­quenc­ing to im­prove traf­fic flow. We have not cam­paigned ex­plic­itly for the lights to be re­moved, just for that to be con­sid­ered as an op­tion once the road­works are com­plete. �� LIKE many oth­ers us­ing junc­tion 10, I have no­ticed the im­prove­ment in the flow of traf­fic with­out lights and have been tempted to sup­port the cam­paign not to in­stall them. But think how many mo­torists are avoid­ing the junc­tion still, be­cause it is not com­pleted? There is also an­other small point to con­sider. Is there not a foot­bridge in­stalled for pedes­tri­ans which they can only ac­cess with the very thing us mo­torists don’t want? I came up from junc­tion nine in the rush-hour last night and was caught in the traf­fic jam ex­tended way down the mo­tor­way. Sev­eral ve­hi­cles were caught in the inside lane be­ing very vul­ner­a­ble to be­ing hit by lor­ries – so no prob­lem solved there. Can I sug­gest the ex­ten­sion of the third lane slip road be­fore the con­trac­tors leave? Howard Matthews, Evans Road, Willes­bor­ough, Ash­ford.

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