Turn them off and save thou­sands

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

WITH re­gards to your item on traf­fic lights at junc­tion 10, do peo­ple re­alise how much the lights will cost the ratepay­ers? I be­lieve I am right in say­ing that each pair of traf­fic lights costs ap­prox­i­mately £35,000 to £40,000 to sup­ply and in­stall and a fur­ther £3,000 to £5,000 per year for­ever per pair to main­tain. There can only ever be a jus­ti­fi­ca­tion, on al­most ev­ery set of traf­fic lights, for peak pe­ri­ods only but as far as I know all sets of lights in Ash­ford are full time. Add to this the cost to the en­vi­ron­ment, in traf­fic be­ing stopped and made to wait when not nec­es­sary, and the cost to ev­ery mo­torist in petrol and time (this is why the fuel con­sump­tion is halved round town). I would have thought that traf­fic lights would only be used as a last re­sort. How­ever, it would ap­pear that this is not the case in Kent. Jim Mitchell, by e-mail.

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