A20 DOVER TRAFFIC ASSESSMENT PHASE – (TAP)
REMINDER A20 ROAD CLOSURE FOR FIVE NIGHTS FROM MONDAY, 31st OCTOBER TO FRIDAY, 4th NOVEMBER INCLUSIVE. 8PM to 6AM
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As the Highways England Asset Support Contractor in Area 4, we would like to inform you of a closure of the A20 coast bound between Folkestone and Dover.
As part of the ongoing Traffic Assessment Project in Dover and as part of our future plans for traffic management on the A20 towards Dover, we will be continuing the topological surveys which began Monday 17 October.
To do this, it is necessary to close the A20 coast bound from the A260 interchange, to the Western Heights roundabout, from Monday 31 October, for five nights until Friday 4 November inclusive. There will also be a lane of the A20 London bound carriageway closed. These closures will be between the hours of 8pm and 6am on the four nights in question.
A clearly signed diversion will take motorists travelling towards Dover off the A20, onto the A260 and the B2011 into Dover.
Our road workers frequently work in situations which are both unpleasant and dangerous and we would kindly ask that you treat them with the respect you would wish to be treated with while they are working in your area. If you do have any issues with the work taking place, our road workers will always try to help you if they are able. However, can we ask that if you do have a problem with the work, or would like to discuss any aspect of this scheme, or would like any further information, please contact the A-one+ Contact Centre on 0845 6122 888 or email email@example.com
Chris Carter, Area 4 Customer and Stakeholder Liaison Assistant, A-one+, 10 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, Kent, ME19 4AR
FOR INFORMATION & CODE OF TRANSPARENCY PURPOSES – REPLY/REQUEST FROM PARISH COUNCIL
For the attention of Chris Carter
Area 4 Customer and Stakeholder Liaison Assistant
Thank you for your email dated 26th October, it is very much appreciated to have receive notification of road closure and diversion on to the B2011.
On behalf of Caple-le-Ferne Parish Council, through which village the diversion has been placed (B2011), we would like to communicate to you the following:
1.As a Parish Council, we are very pleased to read the Authorities have now made a final decision, after 18months, for viable speed on the A20.
2.It has to be explained that our village, Capel-le-Ferne (B2011), has suffered tremendously whilst this TAP has been in operation and numerous communications and complaints to Highway England has taken place. Drivers use the B2011 to avoid the speed cameras on A20 registering over 40mph. They use the B2011, like a race track, where there are no speed cameras and can easily, due to lack of enforcement by Kent Police, exceed the limit which is also, 40mph.
3.Now the A20 is being closed overnight to carry out “topological surveys” and no doubt future works will incur more closures, our residents are experiencing vehicles, especially HGV’s, using the B2011 overnight because of the diversion and taking NO notice of the speed limit of 40mph. Due to size and weight of the HGVs, they are thundering through the village at great speed and causing severe distress to properties and residents on this road by their inconsiderate speeding.
4.In all fairness, although diversion signs have been erected, there is a lack of speed control notices at regular intervals on this straight stretch of long road and this is the main problem. A reminder!
Therefore, this is a request for more either “think speed” signs and/or “40mph” signs to be provided now on the B2011and remain for the future as work progresses on the A20, as it is envisage more diversions will transpire. It is felt that between all the many authorities concerned and involved on these investigations and changes in the future to one of the major routes to the Dover Port, i.e. A20, one of the agencies must have a surplus of signs laying dormant in their compounds and could show a willingness to assist by “customer service” for our village and provide them on the B2011, in conjunction with the diversion signs.
Look forward to hearing from you with a favourable reply. Thank you for taking the time to read this email.
12th November 2015
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COURTWOOD ROUNDABOUT HGV PARKING
13th JULY 2015
To: District and Ward Councillor Frederick Scales, From: Kevin Bown, Highways England.
We have reached agreement to continue TAP for a further 6 months, as an interim measure, pending the outcome of the necessary studies and getting the all clear to start design of the permanent version.
In the interim we will seek to improve the initial version of TAP.
1) It has been agreed that the coastbound A20 on-slip at Courtwood will be reopened. We are just reaching agreement on the practicalities of who then closes/ reopens it when TAP is on and the queue is approaching or beyond Courtwood: as we still need the safety measure in place to avoid either HGVs trying to push into the queue or other vehicles having to try to peek beyond lane 1 traffic to get into lane 2.
2) We are looking to add additional signage to inform travellers as to when TAP is on ie to expect queues
3) We are looking at the speed limits to see if they can be safely altered in terms of their location and the limit. We are mindful of driver behaviour that often adds 10mph to any speed limit and the impact this has on safety when TAP is on.
4) As part of a wider review of recent Operation Stack/ TAP, I will seek to work with all parties to address concerns about the use of the local roads by HGVs and also the parking issue.
5) Under the Chairmanship of KCC Cllr Balfour, the European Gateway Group is looking at various means by which to address the wider traffic management and other impacts of Stack on Kent. Clearly the most recent Stacks indicate that its character is changing; for example, with a huge increase in numbers of HGVs per se and their propensity to seek to bypass Stack no matter how often they are told to go into it. Therefore the Group will need to carefully assess what the options are to avoid the need for Stack at all, and how to minimise its impact if it is required.
I hope this information meets your needs, but if you have any further queries, please contact me.
Regards Kevin Bown, Highways England | Bridge House | 1 Walnut Close | Guildford | GU1 4LZ
Tel: +44 (0) 300 470 1046. Web: http://www.highways.gov.uk
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20th MAY 2015
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Capel-le-Ferne Parish Council continue to lobby on the disruption and issues relating to lorries on the M20/A20 and in the Village.
The latest news is the approach made to Government and the letter received from Charlie Elphicke MP for Dover.
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