Southbound traffic will be diverted out of Uckfield and around the by-pass during roadworks due to start later this month between Framfield Road and Bell Lane.
Vehicles will be sent along Bell Lane and out to Ridgewood before being able to return to town. Northbound traffic will be unaffected while the one-way system is in place.
The roadworks should begin on Monday, September 22, and are expected to take eight weeks.
Contractors will work seven days a week, 12 hours a day from 7am to 7pm. Quieter work is to be undertaken on Sundays. The maximum number of construction crew will be on site at any one time.
Expensive way of working
East Sussex County Council project manager Matthew Reid said, at a meeting in Uckfield last night, that this was an expensive way of working but the aim was to get finished as quickly as possible to ensure that the temporary one-way system was in place for no longer than it needed to be.
The works include replacement of traffic lights at the junctions of Framfield Road and New Town Road, and High Street and Bell Lane.
The new lights will use MOVA technology enabling the system to measure queuing traffic and alter the phasing of signals to better allow traffic to pass through. Systems at both junctions will be linked and they will also be linked to lights that have already been replaced at Church Street.
Improve traffic flow
The technology should improve traffic flow by between 13 and 15%, according to Mr Reid.
Other works will include changes to the carriageway to enable vehicles to enter and exit a new station car park. Footways will be re-paved and widened slightly to improve visibility there too.
In a separate but co-ordinated project work is due to begin on building the new station car park, opposite the railway station, in October. That is expected to take between 12 and 16 week finishing at Christmas or in the New Year.
Network Rail project sponsor Vicky Tilling told the meeting, which was attended by about 40 people, that once the highway works were finished there were no plans to impose any traffic restrictions.
More changes at railway station
In addition to the new car park being built – there is more detail about that in a separate UckfieldNews.com story, see: Uckfield station car park to cost £4 a day – changes will be made to parking arrangements at the railway station.
Cycle storage will be moved across the road to the entrance of the new car park. Additional cycle storage will also be provided there.
Car parking spaces next to the station will be removed. Only Blue Badge spaces will be available there along with some staff bays.
Formal taxi-waiting area
A formal taxi-waiting area will be provided and the area where taxis currently park will be a drop off and pick up zone.
Attendance at the meeting, held at the Civic Centre, last night was by invitation only. Those invited included people living, or with businesses, between Framfield Road and Bell Lane.
These highways improvements are included in the first of three phases planned for Uckfield town centre. The second phase between Bell Lane up High Street to Church Street is due to begin in the spring of 2015 and take around 30 weeks.
The third phase will involve improvements at the bus station.
Information was also given at last night’s meeting about a 20mph speed limit to be introduced along High Street and adjoining roads, including Church Street. See: 20mph speed limit for High Street and Church Street, Uckfield.
Concern about High Street and River Way junction Uckfield was also raised at the meeting.