One in­ci­dent can cre­ate chaos at a busy time

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Bumper-to-bumper Misery For Drivers -

KE news ed­i­tor Alas­tair Irvine got caught up in the gridlock as he headed to Hythe.

He said: “I joined the M20 at junc­tion 10. There was a queue on the slip road to join the mo­tor­way and then all three lanes be­tween junc­tion 10 and the junc­tion 9 turn-off were choked with traf­fic.

“I’ve never seen it that bad be­fore and, of course, selfish driv­ers were do­ing their usual trick of driv­ing up the mid­dle lane and then cut­ting in to the near­side lane where pa­tient driv­ers had been queu­ing.

“Ash­ford town cen­tre was also full of traf­fic. It just shows how one in­ci­dent can cre­ate chaos at a busy time.”

Re­porters for our sis­ter pa­per, Folke­stone and Hythe Ex­press, Matt Le­clere and Vic­to­ria Ches­sum re­ported that it took around an hour for them both to travel to Folke­stone, a trip that would nor­mally take less than 30 min­utes.

Ash­ford re­porter Molly Mile­ham-Chap­pell said: “Luck­ily be­fore leav­ing work on Tues­day night I had seen the Ken­tOn­line story about the traf­fic lights and I tried to find a dif­fer­ent way around and out of the town cen­tre.

“Traf­fic on Can­ter­bury Road was hardly mov­ing, and the ring road – while not at a com­plete stand­still – was the busiest I have seen it for a long time at 6pm.

“I was re­luc­tant to go any­where near junc­tion 9, 10, or the Chart Road round­about which al­ways seems to be busy at that time of night.”

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