Speeding traffic putting lives at risk in Lewes

CONCERNS have been raised about the speed of traffic using Malling Hill, Lewes.

Residents have warned that lives are in danger on the stretch of the A26 from Earwig Corner to the Cuilfail Tunnel, said Lewes Town Councillor Matt Kent.

Given its residential location, many children, parents with prams, and many elderly people use the road to get to school or to get to town, he said.

Vehicles of all grades are generally driving above the speed limit of 30mph, and some are driving at up to 50mph throughout the day and night.

The Earwig Corner junction – scene of long delays in the rush hour – is becoming busier, and with potential development in both Lewes and Ringmer in the near future the situation could become worse.

Cllr Kent said: “The Orchard Road Junction is a ‘blind’ junction and very hard to negotiate when pulling out onto Malling Hill from Orchard Road. Vehicles travelling along Malling Hill are generally speeding, and very rarely see cars coming out of the junction.

“One resident suggested a mini roundabout to slow the junction down.”

He has recently written to Cllr Carl Maynard, Lead Member for Transport at East Sussex County Council, citing the concerns from many residents in Malling, whilst also highlighting how the most recent priority list (of approximately 30) for calming roads in Sussex is dated 2008/2009, and that not one of them includes a site in Lewes. In fact the vast majority of them are in Hastings, said Cllr Kent.

“As soon as I get a response from East Sussex County Council, I will keep residents up to date,” he said.

He has pledged to campaign for a speed crackdown to make the road safer for the people who live there.