Traffic lights will be back at Junction 10
Highways Agency recognises petition but says it’s safety first
TRAFFIC lights will remain at the M20 junction 10 roundabout, but they will work on a phased system.
Safety was the reason given by the Highways Agency for deciding to reinstate the lights.
More than 1,200 of you signed our Junction 10: Keep It Moving petition, which sought to see a suitable solution put in place on the roundabout.
Many motorists said how smoothly the roundabout had been working since the lights had been off and pleaded for them not to be put back.
This week the Highways Agency said it acknowledged “the response that this petition has generated from drivers in the Ashford area in relation to the performance of the temporary traffic management at M20 Junction 10 whilst improvement works are under construction.
“Within this there has been significant support to suggest that the junction has operated more smoothly whilst the junction has been restricted by traffic cones and that the original traffic signal control at the junction has been turned off.”
But this week the agency finally announced the lights would be oper- ating again when the roadworks are completed in July.
They will, however, work on a special system aimed at easing congestion.
It is estimated that 5,000 vehicles pass through the junction in a peak hour period which could go up to 7,000 as the town grows.
The current roadworks are to widen the approaches to the junction and increase the number of lanes.
A new pedestrian and cycle bridge has been constructed and it is for this reason, the Highways Agency say, that traffic lights are required.
The Highways Agency said: “The reinstatement of traffic signal control, utilising enhanced technology, is inherent to the successful completion of the scheme to enable the necessary increased capacity of the junction and to safeguard safety aspects.
“The Highways Agency regards safety as paramount in the consideration of modifying the network.”
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An aerial view of Junction 10