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Charlie Elphicke hails ‘huge victory’ as 40mph speed limit on A20 in Dover finally scrapped

PUBLISHED: 08:18 19 July 2017 | UPDATED: 08:18 19 July 2017

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The MP has been at the forefront of the campaign which has frustrated residents in recent months

The scrapping of a much-criticised speed limit on a key road towards the Port of Dover has been hailed by the local MP as “a huge victory”.

Charlie Elphicke has been at the forefront of the campaign to restore the national speed limit on the A20, after frustrated drivers have been restricted to 40mph when coming off the M20 motorway.

The restriction, which has been in place since 2015, was removed at 8pm on Monday evening, and temporary 40mph limit will now only be used when the traffic lights that control traffic on approach to the port are in use.

Mr Elphicke said: “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.

“With the 40mph limit going – this should help tackle the problem of lorries using Capel, Elms Vale and the Alkham Valley Road as rat-runs. Yet we must remain vigilant.”

Highways England regional director Simon Jones said: “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.”

Barbara Buczek, Port of Dover director of corporate development and operational businesses, added: “The return of the national speed limit on the A20 will enhance journeys to, through and around Dover for residents, holiday makers and the nation’s trade.

“Alongside Highways England, the port and its partners are always looking for new and innovative ways to improve the effectiveness and fluidity of traffic movements at Dover’s nationally-critical European Gateway.”

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