Junction 10 - the war is won
THE good news for motorists is that the M20 junction 10 roundabout will have a different traffic light system to the one blamed for causing so much congestion prior to the roadworks. The bad news for many is that the lights are returning at all. The Highways Agency says it acknowledges the comments from Kentish Express readers who supported our Junction 10: Keep It Moving campaign. A majority of those comments suggested that keeping the lights out altogether and trusting drivers to make their own judgements on the roundabout would be the best long-term solution. While rejecting this idea, the agency has conceded that returning to the old system is a non-starter. And although traffic lights will be coming back, for safety reasons, they will work on a different phasing aimed at easing congestion. This can be viewed as a victory for the hundreds of you who signed our petition and shared your views on how much better the traffic has been flowing during the roadworks. The Highways Agency was left in no doubt that the roadworks presented a golden opportunity to review its use of traffic controls and has acted accordingly. Motorists will now need to be convinced that the new system is better, and safer, than leaving them to their own devices. Those who use the roundabout every day will be judge of whether it does indeed ease congestion or is just a return to the bad old days of delays. We will continue to monitor the situation and await your verdict with interest.