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Contra-dictory flow


I have sampled the trial contraflow between junctions 8 and 9 on the M20 (NCE 24 March). Quite clearly it was designed by the same group of people responsible for the shape of the camel. We now have a situation in which area traffic suffers for more than 95% of the time, rather than the reverse.

London bound traffic is constrained at junction 9 to the hard shoulder and lane 1 by a camera controlled 40mph speed limit. Lane 3 is closed, reserved for Channel bound vehicles when Operation Stack is in use. Why can this lane not be available for London bound traffic when Stack is not in operation?

A 40mph speed limit is not acceptable on a 17km stretch of the main motorway to and from the continent. Authorities have provided a 3.65m dead safety lane between opposing lines of traffic. Lorries can and do travel at 58mph on local lanes, with only a white line between them. A speed limit of 60mph, camera controlled, would be perfectly safe on the motorway as configured and would reduce total frustration of all motorists.

Finally, why is it necessary for the police to restrict Stack parking to only two lorries wide- Three lines of vehicles would increase parking capacity by 50%, thus reducing the length of inconvenience to local traffic.

JV Hardy (M), Church Close, Mersham, Kent

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