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40 mph limit lifted on A20

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A speed limit on the A20 between Folkstone and Dover has been lifted after more than two years.

The limit was introduced in April 2015 and enforced by average speed cameras, but the website KentLive.com reports it has been removed, quoting Highways England Regional Director Simon Jones as saying, “I am delighted that we’ve met this key commitment to restore the national speed limit on the A20 in time for the busy summer holiday season.

“Removing the 40mph limit will speed up journeys for the many thousands of people who’ll be using Dover to get away on their holidays this summer, as well as people living and working in Dover.”

The site says Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke has “battled relentlessly” to return the Folkestone to Dover dual carriageway to 70mph.  A variable speed limit is planned which will implement a 40mph limit only on rare occasions.

It quotes the MP as saying, “This is a huge victory for the people of Dover and Deal. We have battled relentlessly to scrap the hated 40mph limit on the A20.

“Highways England should have got this work finished much sooner. But at long last the speed limit is being lifted.

“This will be a huge relief to drivers across Dover and Deal. I would like to say thank you to every single resident who has written to me and Highways England to help our campaign.”

The introduction of a variable speed limit will see new signs on the coastbound carriageway, which switch from the national speed limit to 40mph during TAP (Traffic Assessment Protocol) to help cut congestion.

This will allow motorists to drive at the national speed limit, apart from at exceptionally busy times when TAP is active, reducing the speed limit to 40mph to help reduce queuing traffic.

The announcement comes two weeks after Highways England unveiled the 27 new electronic signs being installed along the road.

 
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