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Electronic signs to enable speed boost on Dover Port approach

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Twenty nine new electronic signs will support reinstatement of the national speed limit the A20 approaching the Port of Dover following a successful traffic management trial which saw the limit reduced to 40MPH.

Since April 2015 traffic lights have been in place at the end of the A20 dual carriageway as part of a trial to help manage peak periods of traffic arriving at the port, with a 40MPH speed limit in place for safety.

The lights have been used over 200 times to keep traffic flowing through Dover town centre and have proven successful in reducing congestion, in addition to having a positive effect on air quality in the town.

Following this success the arrangement is being made permanent, and new electronic signs are being installed along the A20 to enable the national speed limit to be restored when the traffic lights are not being used.

In total 29 signs are to be installed, supported by 10 miles of ducting and over seven miles of cabling. Three weather stations are also being added as well as four fog signs to enhance the information provided to drivers.

Meanwhile temporary rotating signs will be installed shortly to allow the national speed limit to be re-instated ahead of the summer holiday period, while work continues to install the permanent electronic signs.

Highways England regional director Simon Jones said: “We know that restoring the national speed limit on the A20 is a priority for the many thousands of commuters, hauliers, holidaymakers and local people who depend on this vital road every day, and we are working hard to make it happen.”

With construction now underway, Highways England expects the new signs to be up and running later this summer.