Road system change could bring about cleaner air in Lewes

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CHANGES in the road system could bring about better air quality for Lewes residents.

It was back in 2009 when Lewes District Council launched a ‘Quality Air Action Plan’ which identified a number of ways improvements could be made to achieve cleaner air.

One of the worst-affected areas was Fisher Street, where the pollution from the exhaust fumes of vehicles queueing there became trapped in the narrow canyon of buildings.

One measure which East Sussex County Council’s Highways department subsequently investigated was at White Hill/Fisher Street.

The scheme aims to improve the flow of vehicles out of Fisher Street by giving them priority over traffic approaching from the direction of The Elephant and Castle at Commercial Square.

This change of priority was trialled during roadworks. It brought about a reduction in queue lengths in Fisher Street and also improved traffic flow from Station Street – another road which had been identified as having poorer air quality.

The proposals for the priority change at Commercial Square are due to be presented at a public consultation in the Yarrow Room at Lewes Town Hall on Friday, October 12, (2-7pm) and October 13 (10am-4pm).