More cash spent on junc­tion lights

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View - By Molly Mile­hamChap­pell

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

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