Junc­tion 10 - the war is won

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

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.

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