More cash spent on junction lights
The figures come following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the Kentish Express to Highways England.
Traffic signals at junction 10 of the M20 were renewed in April last year at a cost of £13,609, just 11 months after the traffic lights were turned back on as part of a £750,000 repair scheme in 2015.
In addition to the £13,000 sum, seven projects took place at the junction between January 2013 and January 2015 – the month when the lights were switched off for 10 weeks to be replaced. The total cost of the seven projects over the two years was £7,020.
The work during this time included accident repair works, fault detection, red light cuts and a switch-off due to the lights functioning poorly.
The 2013 work was carried out by Siemens, and by Carnell Construction Services in 2015.
There were no reported incidents in 2014, while Highways England does not hold the records for 2016 and 2017.
The FOI also revealed that responsibility for the junction was planned to be handed over to Highways England’s service provider Aone+ this summer.
The traffic lights on the roundabout have been a headache for motorists for years. In 2015, the Highways Agency (now High- ways England) said the signals were replaced to cut the need for future emergency repairs.
But many motorists have claimed that traffic flows more smoothly without the lights, and have called for them to be switched off for good.
In recent months, residents have expressed safety concerns, with lorries reportedly swerving in and out of motorway lanes due to the out-of-sync traffic lights.
The junction 10 traffic lights have been renewed, a year after a £750,000 repair scheme to ease traffic problems at the junction was completed