Use of car often unavoidable

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I refer to your article (November 22) headed ‘Consultation on A259 scheme’.

The A259 is in crisis. I have yet to see the proposals in detail, but from your article it appears that any changes will be limited to improving conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users (to the detriment of car drivers).

I agree it totally makes sense to encourage people to walk, cycle or use public transport, but there does need to be a balance!

It is not always possible to avoid using the car, particularly in this area, not to mention the traffic that is passing through as the A259 is one of the main routes between east and west in the south.

Peacehaven, Telscombe Cliffs, Saltdean, Ovingdean and East Brighton are not served by a rail service. The nearest station to Peacehaven is Newhaven which does not directly link with Brighton (only via Lewes). The only route in and out of these towns is via the A259 coast road.

It is essential to look closely at the impact on the transport infrastructure, particularly given that both towns are landlocked to the north by the South Downs and the national park and by the sea to the south.

Apart from the fact that historically, there have always been unacceptable delays in the rush hour between Peacehaven and Rottingdean (and extending to Roedean in the evenings) how can this continue to be justified? And why are these issues not factored in to ESCC’s decision making process when considering requests for further housing in this area?

Mary Saunders

Peacehaven