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Temporary traffic lights in Canterbury Road, Ashford, removed ahead of schedule

Temporary traffic lights which sparked long delays in Ashford this week have been removed ahead of schedule.

The roadworks appeared on the A28 close to the Harvester in Kennington on Monday, causing gridlock on one of the main routes into the town centre.

The temporary lights were installed next to a 'don't take speed to the limit' sign
The temporary lights were installed next to a 'don't take speed to the limit' sign

But UK Power Networks has now completed its repair of an underground cable near the junction for the Longacres Garden Centre next to the M20 bridge.

The roadworks were due to stay in place until Monday, but were removed at about 11am today.

Drivers had faced long hold-ups this week, with queues seen stretching as far back as the Julie Rose Stadium in Willesborough Road.

Other motorists said it took 45 minutes to get from the Conningbrook Hotel to the town centre.

But a UK Power Networks spokeswoman confirmed engineers have now completed the repairs.

The A28 has fully reopened, sparking relief for drivers
The A28 has fully reopened, sparking relief for drivers
The A28 is now clear of lights
The A28 is now clear of lights

She said: "We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused and thank customers for their understanding while we complete this essential work."

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