Plans for crossing on busy road

Malling Road crossing SUS-150715-234430008

Malling Road crossing SUS-150715-234430008

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East Sussex County Council will put plans for a light-controlled crossing on Malling Street forward for public consultation later this year.

Over the years, many local residents have expressed concerns about the dangers of the busy road in Lewes, and urged the county council to install some road safety measures.

A Lewes Forum user, known as Tom, said: “This is a horrible and dangerous road to cross. I cannot believe there isn’t a proper crossing before the tunnel for residents and visitors to this area of town.

“Any reason why this road shouldn’t be made safer by imposing the 30mph speed limit in addition to a pedestrian crossing and perhaps a roundabout? This road gets more traffic than most in town, including heavy waste and agricultural lorries and tractors. You feel like you are taking life in your hands trying to cross speeding traffic.

“I’m not anti-car but we can’t just keep stuffing more cars and lorries on the roads and allowing them priority over decent environmental and safety conditions for residents of an area.”

East Sussex County Councillor Rosalyn St Pierre added: “Sadly the number of killed and seriously injured in East Sussex is among the worst in England. Figures show most incidents are on rural roads, and I have always supported villages and rural communities asking for speed restrictions. Among pedestrian deaths are high numbers of pensioners, and this may be due to lack of crossings.

“Approximately 19,000 vehicles travel this stretch on weekdays, which is why I have been pressing for the re-opening of the Uckfield-Lewes railway since I was first elected to East Sussex County Council.”

An East Sussex County Council spokesman said: “Following safety concerns raised by residents and an assessment of the site, East Sussex County Council has secured funding and designed a light-controlled crossing for Malling Street.

“The designs are due to go out for public consultation in the autumn and, depending on the response, work could start on the crossing in early 2016. The crossing will replace the existing traffic island in Malling Street.”

The South-East was recently named the second worst area for car accidents, beaten only by London, according to government statistics.

According to research by Car Dealer Reviews, the South-East saw 18 per cent of UK accidents in 2013.

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