How fast is Uckfield traffic going near where you live?

Results of speed surveys on key Uckfield roads are being reported tonight (December 4) to members of Uckfield Town Council.

Roads where data was collected were:

  • Eastbourne Road
  • Church Street; and
  • Two locations at Ringles Cross.

Information is also being made available for Bird in Eye Hill, Framfield (the parish boundary is the stream near the access road to Uckfield Community Hospital).

Statistical note:

In the following data, please note the 85th percentile speed is the speed at, or below, which 85 per cent of the traffic is travelling, or viewed another way, the speed that only 15 per cent of drivers exceed. The average speed is the speed at, or below, which 50 per cent of the traffic is travelling, or viewed another way, the speed that only 50 per cent of drivers exceed.

Eastbourne Road

Survey area: between Timberley Gardens and Castle Rise in September (40mph limit area).

The average figures summarised by ESCC are listed below but the pattern of driver behaviour is more notable by speed limit categories.

The average 85th percentile speed over 24 hours was recorded as:

  • northbound: 40 miles per hour
  • southbound: 44 miles per hour

The average speed over 24 hours was recorded as:

  • northbound:   35 miles per hour
  • southbound:   37 miles per hour

The specific data recorded noted that the bulk of traffic travelled between 31mph and 41mph when heading northbound (into town), but more than 250 vehicles were recorded driving over the 40mph speed limit in this area.

The highest speed recorded was between 51 and 55mph.

The survey also noted that the bulk of southbound traffic (out of town) was travelling between 31 and 41mph but more than 650 vehicles were recorded travelling over the speed limit, with the highest speed recorded between 56 and 61mph.

Church Street

Survey area: just west of Regency Close (20mph limit)

Two surveys were undertaken in Church Street due to the nature of the road and likely change in speeds at different points.

The first survey undertaken near to Regency Close was also undertaken in September.
The average 85th percentile speed over 24hours was recorded as:

  • eastbound 25 miles per hour
  • westbound 25 miles per hour

The average speed over 24 hours was recorded as:

  • eastbound 21 miles per hour
  • westbound 21 miles per hour

Specific data recorded noted that the bulk of traffic travelled between 16 and 26mph when heading eastbound (into town), but more than 260 vehicles were recorded as driving over 26mph in this area.

The highest speed recorded was between 31 and 36mph.

The survey also noted that the bulk of westbound traffic (out of town) was travelling between 16 and 26mph but more than 240 vehicles were recorded travelling over 26mph, with the highest speed recorded between 31 and 36mph.

Survey area: Church Street, on hill between The Drive and Belmont Road (20mph limit)

The survey was undertaken in September 2017.

The average 85th percentile speed over 24 hours was recorded as:

  • eastbound 29 miles per hour
  • westbound 30 miles per hour

The average speed over 24 hours was recorded as:

  • eastbound 24 miles per hour
  • westbound   26 miles per hour

Specific data noted that the bulk of traffic travelled between 21 and 31mph when heading eastbound (into town), but more than 125 vehicles were recorded as driving over 31mph in this area. The highest speed recorded was between 36 and 41mph.

The survey also noted that the bulk of westbound traffic (out of town) was travelling between 21 and 31mph but over 160 vehicles were recorded as travelling over 31mph, with the highest speed recorded between 31 and 36mph.

London Road/Ringles Cross

Survey area: between Ringles Cross and Chichester Caravans (60mph limit)

The survey was undertaken in October.

The average 85th percentile speed over 24 hours was recorded as:

  • northbound 53 miles per hour
  • southbound 55 miles per hour

The average speed over 24 hours was recorded as:

  • northbound 46 miles per hour
  • southbound 47 miles per hour

Specific data noted that the bulk of traffic travelled between 40 to 55mph when heading southbound (into town), but more than 180 vehicles were recorded as driving over the national speed limit of 60mph in this area.

The highest speed recorded was over 75mph and tended to occur late at night.The survey also noted that the bulk of northbound traffic (out of town) was travelling between 40 and 55mph but more than 90 vehicles were recorded as travelling over the national speed limit of 60mph, with the highest speed recorded between 70-75mph. This was recorded early in the morning.

Survey area: between Browns Lane and Snatts Road (the speed limit changes in this area – 30mph or 40mph)

The survey was undertaken in May.

The average 85th percentile speed over 24 hours was recorded as:

  • northbound     40 miles per hour
  • southbound     40 miles per hour

The average speed over 24 hours was recorded as:

  • northbound     35 miles per hour
  • southbound     35 miles per hour

Specific data noted that the bulk of traffic travelled between 31 and 41mph when heading northbound (out of town into 40mph zone), but more than 500 vehicles were recorded as driving over 41mph in this area. The highest speed recorded was between 51 – 56mph.

The survey also noted that the bulk of southbound traffic (into town into 30mph zone) was travelling between 31 and 41mph but more than 500 vehicles were recorded as travelling over 41mph, with the highest speed recorded between 51-56mph.

The town council has contributed towards the cost of the surveys.

A speed survey had been carried out in January on Bird in Eye Hill, Framfield, and the information is being shared with the town council.

The average 85th percentile speed over 24 hours was recorded as:

  • eastbound 41 miles per hour
  • westbound 43 miles per hour

The average speed over 24 hours was recorded as:

  • eastbound 35 miles per hour
  • westbound 38 miles per hour

Specific data noted that the bulk of traffic travelled between 31 and 41mph when heading eastbound (out of town), but more than 270 vehicles were recorded as driving over 41mph in this area. The highest speed recorded was between 51 and 56mph.

The survey also noted that the bulk of westbound traffic (into town) was also travelling between 31 and 41mph but more than 440 vehicles were recorded as travelling over 41mph, with the highest speed recorded between 51 and 56mph, and tended to occur during the middle of the day.

Tonight’s meeting will consider the data and report from the town clerk and are being asked what, if anything, they now wish to do.

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