Traf­fic lights will be back at Junc­tion 10

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE - by Kirsty Parkin

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.”

What do you think of the High­ways Agency’s de­ci­sion?

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An ae­rial view of Junc­tion 10

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