40mph limit for A26 Heron’s Ghyll

A dangerous road which has been the scene of many road smashes looks set to be made safer, thanks to people power. In July a petition was handed to East Sussex County Council highways officers by local members Cllrs Galley and Whetstone asking for a 40mph speed limit on the A26 in Heron’s Ghyll.

Officers have now liaised with their counterparts at Wealden District Council to establish whether funding - secured by a Section 106 legal agreement for development at the former Temple Grove School - can be released to pay for the measures.

Subject to money being released, county’s director of communities, economy and transport will kick-start a consultation process with relevant organisations, including police, to enable work to start.

The legal agreement secured the funding for ‘the purposes of providing traffic calming works on the A26 in the vicinity of Heron’s Ghyll and meet sustainable transport requirements arising in relation to the development in accordance with the Local Transport Plan including works ot mitigate traffic impacts in the vicinity of the A26.’

At present oficers say the exact cost is not known but their experience from other similar schemes indicates a sum of between £10,000 and £15,000. If external funding can’t be found the 40mph speed limit would need to be added to county’s roadworks programme from the road safety budget for the 2014-15 financial year.

Five speed surveys were carried out last autumn and statistics show there were five serious and eight slight injury crashes reported to police on this stretch of road.