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Work to scrap 40mph limit on A20 in Dover gathers pace

PUBLISHED: 09:40 13 July 2017

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Charlie Elphicke says the project is expected to be completed soon

Work to scrap a much-criticised speed limit on a key road towards the Port of Dover is gathering speed.

Highways chiefs have almost completed a scheme to return the A20 to the national speed limit after drivers have been restricted to 40mph when coming off the M20 motorway for several months.

As a result, lorry drivers have used other routes such as the B2011 through Capel and Elms Vale, as well as the Alkham Valley Road, as rat-runs to the port, much to the distress of Dover residents.

Constituency MP Charlie Elphicke this week hailed the project’s progress after a number of recent stumbling blocks.

“It’s welcome to see that after a long and hard-fought campaign, Highways England have finally started scrapping [the speed limit],” he said.

“Soon the work will be complete to return the road to 70mph – with the 40mph limit only enforced on the rare occasions Dover TAP is enforced.

“This should tackle the problem of lorries using the villages as rat-runs. Yet we must remain vigilant.

“Much has been done to tackle gridlock and fix our roads. It is vital we work together to keep up the pressure.”

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