LETTER: Invitation to dice with death

The A27 is evolving into a near motorway.

Between Lewes and Polegate, ‘improvements’ enabling more and faster traffic have not been matched by the provision of safe crossing places.

With friends, we enjoy walking in the South Downs National Park. The railway stations at Glynde and Berwick provide convenient points for access and egress were it not for the hazards of crossing the A27. Routes on the map are an invitation to dice with death.

The road has a Trump-wall effect, impeding access to the South Downs Way and isolating the villages of Firle, Alciston and Berwick.

Surely, if millions are to be spent speeding the flow of traffic, something could be done to provide bridges or tunnels for pedestrians and cyclists (including local children) – as has been done on the Brighton to Lewes stretch. Or, perish the thought, crossings with traffic lights!

This restriction of access is totally unacceptable for our National Park and the villages concerned. We need safe crossing places.

Mike Jones and Liz Mandeville

St Swithun’s Terrace, Lewes