03 FEB 2017

Meeting residents fed up with faulty traffic lights

On Friday I met with residents of Shepherdswell and Lydden plagued by traffic problems on the A2 in recent weeks.

Temporary traffic lights were placed at the top of Lydden Hill during repairs, but motorists said sequencing problems caused chaos.

One woman told me how she suffered broken bones in a nasty crash which knocked her child unconscious. Others said they were left queuing for hours when all the lights went red.

Highways England sent workers to the site and finally fixed the lights after I contacted them last week.

It's no surprise the community feels let down. The road hasn't been fit for purpose for a long time and the latest problems only add to the frustration.

If we are going to realise a better future for Dover and Deal, we need to see growth without gridlock.

Just like with the A20 speed limit, highways chiefs have got to get on top of these things sooner – and make sure the road is safe.

The traffic lights needed replacing because a lorry struck the poles in early December. Repairs were not completed at the busy junction until January 31 – six weeks after the accident.

Residents also spoke of problems caused by speeding along the road, which turns into a single carriageway at Lydden.

The upgrading of the A2 is long overdue. I've been working tirelessly to make this happen. Plans were scrapped by Labour in the 1990s but I've been making the case to get the scheme back in the programme

I raised the issue in a meeting with the Chancellor this week and I will keep fighting to fix our roads. 

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