Further to my consultation response to Highways England: Managing Freight Vehicles through Kent, I set out in this separate response, my views on the future of the TAP system ("TAP") on the A20 at Dover.
TAP has been a real success in Dover. Since it was introduced in April 2015, TAP has gone a long way to reducing gridlock and congestion in the town centre. The system should become a permanent part of the management of freight vehicles through Kent.
TAP was introduced as a temporary measure in April 2015 to ease gridlock in Dover.
TAP filters traffic into 2 lanes of the A20 outside Dover. When the Port is busy, freight traffic is held until Port entry can be made, while non-Port traffic is free to pass. There is a 40mph speed limit for some 6 miles on the Port-bound approach to Dover along the A20.
The Government's aim is to use this temporary period to collect and analyse traffic data to "achieve better traffic flows" for the area. Since its installation, TAP has been implemented some 137 times.
TAP has proved successful in reducing freight congestion in Dover and has improved traffic flows. For this reason TAP should become a permanent feature of Dover's traffic management. That said, the system isn't perfect. There are improvements that need to be made. These are as follows:
TAP system has improved traffic flows through Dover. TAP should be made permanent and remain permanent even after the M20 Lorry Parks are built. Changes are needed to make improvements as detailed in this letter.
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