Traffic lights needed at peak times
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.