Comprehensive traffic calming is planned for Lewes Road, Ridgewood.
The changes will take place between the Highlands Inn and the Little Horsted roundabout.
In effect, what is now largely a rural road with a “village feel” will become much more like an urban environment.
The changes are being put forward as part of the plan to develop 1,000 homes on Ridgewood Farm.
Two new entrances will be created onto the new housing estates from Lewes Road, along with a new footpath and traffic calming, which will include three “priority working” gateways, similar to those found in Maresfield.
However, speed panels are not proposed.
The key elements are:
- The proposed southernmost (nearest the roundabout) access will serve the new development known as Phase 1a, with the proposed northern access serving Phase 1b (there is no vehicular link between the two phases);
- Pedestrians from Phase 1a will access Lewes Road via Phase 1b and a crossing point over the stream between the two phases. A new footway from the northern most access will connect with the existing footway on the west side of Lewes Road;
- Three priority working traffic calming features are proposed on Lewes Road to help reduce vehicle speeds in the vicinity of the two new accesses serving the respective development;
- Extension of the 30mph speed limit on Lewes Road to the Little Horsted Roundabout;
- Various improvements to the crossing places (tactile paving and wider footways etc) located along Lewes Road, around The Highlands roundabout and into the town centre.
The access to the 1a development (nearest the bypass) is a short distance from the roundabout and will be within the new 30mph limit.
The second access, to the lb development, is further north, just before the bend which goes leads up to the New Road junction.
An uncontrolled pedestrian crossing is shown on drawings just north of New Road, but before Ridgewood Post Office.
A note with the plans states:
A temporary traffic calming system will be introduced to mirror the proposed physical priority features during roadworks and monitored to establish the impact on traffic speeds.
Detail of temporary system will be discussed between the contractor and East Sussex County Council Highways.
If monitoring indicates higher than design speeds, discussions between developer and ESCC regarding additional calming features should be undertaken.