20 mph speed limit in Uckfield High Street area set for approval

A 20 mph speed limit looks set to be reinstated in Uckfield High Street and adjoining roads.20mph-speed-limit

A temporary speed limit was put in place in September 2016 after works to improve the High Street were completed, but signs were removed in January this year when it was realised an oversight meant a draft Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) associated with the limit was not advertised.

Since then a draft TRO has been advertised, and today East Sussex County Council’s planning committee is advised to recommend to the director of communities, economy and transport that the order be made.

If it gets through those stages then the speed limit will apply along the High Street from a point north of the Church Street junction to a point south of the junction with Mill Drove.

The limit would extend into Church Street, Regency Close and Puddingcake Lane, Hempstead Road, Library Way, Civic Approach, Bell Lane, River Way and Bell Walk. See the map below.

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An East Sussex County Council map showing where, if approved as recommended, a 20 mph speed limit would apply in Uckfield.

There were objections following the advertising. One supported the proposed scheme and three objected. One of the objections has since been withdrawn. The remaining two representations are summarised in a report to the planning committee as follows:

  • the 20 mph speed limit should be extended to include other roads
  • the proposed 20 mph speed limit serves no purpose
  • the 20 mph speed limit cannot be enforced
  • it will have no effect on road safety
  • the expense cannot be justified
  • 20 mph at night is unnecessary, and
  • it will increase vehicle emissions

The report says it is not considered the objections warrant the modification or withdrawal of the proposal and the objections should not, therefore, be upheld.

The report says the aim of the speed limit is to improve road safety, the living environment on the High Street and surrounding area, and travelling conditions for pedestrians and cyclists, so encouraging more walking and use of cycles.

It adds that when the signs were initially put up, a number of ‘terminal signs’ associated with entry points into the speed limit were either missing or incorrectly located.

Confusing

The report says: “This situation would have been confusing for drivers as the start and the finish of the 20 mph speed limit area was not made clear.

“All of the terminal and repeater signs were subsequently taken down with a view to resolving this situation by the introduction of the appropriate TRO.”

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