Station Street in Lewes open to traffic again after improvement scheme

Station Street in Lewes is open again. Photo by Nick Robinson
Station Street in Lewes is open again. Photo by Nick Robinson

There were sighs of relief in Lewes as Station Street finally reopened to traffic after a five week project to improve the busy road.

An East Sussex County Council spokesman said: “The work on restructuring the pavement and kerb in Station Street has now been completed, resulting in a wider footway and smoother surface for pedestrians.

“The road reopened to traffic today (Monday October 20) but will need to close for one further day to complete the associated work to resurface the road.

“This work is scheduled for Sunday (October 26) to minimise the effect on traffic.

“We appreciate that this work has resulted in some disruption and we’d like to thank people for their patience and our contractors for working so hard to complete the project so quickly.

“The work has resulted in a safer, more attractive environment for pedestrians walking between the station and the town centre.”

The five-week project has been funded from a £2.4m pot of money from the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund for measures which improve conditions for people walking, cycling and using public transport.

Cllr Ruth O’Keeffe said: “On the Lewes Division side people have been very happy with the improved width of the pavement and also the improved camber at the top.

“The top section of pavement on the left used to slope very steeply towards the road as well as being narrow and uneven, and there were several incidents with people who found walking difficult or who were in a wheelchair or mobility scooter ending up falling into the road as a result.

“The new pavement there is much better for pedestrian safety.

“The new bus stop means that people will have a much smaller step to get onto the bus and because of the way the stop has been moved into the middle of the road there is no possibility that it will be prevented by other vehicles from stopping next to the people waiting for it.

“On the other hand I know that some drivers are worried that the bus stopping the traffic will cause traffic jams.

“I am assured that the traffic survey results suggest all will be fine, so we probably need to wait and see what actually happens on this one.

“The main complaints I have had during the work have been about diversions and traffic flows, which given that Station Street is a vital part of the Lewes road network were not surprising.