40mph sign in Coopers Green Road

Victory in speed limit campaign but it’s 40 – 60 – 30mph in a short distance

A new 40mph speed limit is in place along Coopers Green Road.

It runs from Ringles Cross, Uckfield, to near the traffic lights with the junction with the A272.

The imposition of the speed restriction follows a local campaign to have the limit lowered from the national figure of 60mph.

This stretch of road has also been the scene of fatal accidents in recent years.

The placing of the signs has, however, left a strange situation where the speed limit on the road goes (heading away from Uckfield) from 40mph, to 60mph, to 30mph on the outskirts of Five Ash Down – all the in the space of about two-tenths of a mile.

30mph as you enter Five Ash Down - still in Cooopers Green Road

30mph as you enter Five Ash Down – still in Cooopers Green Road

40mph limit ends before crossroads with the A272 at Coopers Green

40mph limit ends before crossroads with the A272 at Coopers Green

The 40mph limit ends just before the traffic lights and the 60mph limit kicks in only to be replaced shortly afterwards on the other side of the lights by 30mph.

UckfieldNews.com queried the different limits with East Sussex County Council.

A council spokesman told this website: “When we decide where to apply reduced speed limits, we take into account national guidance and consult with the police and other interested parties.

“In this case, the part of the road between the 40mph and 30mph sections was not deemed to be suitable for a reduced speed limit as the road is more rural in character with fewer buildings clearly visible to the drivers.

“When a road does not have a specific speed limit imposed the road is subject to the national speed limit which requires drivers to drive to the conditions of the road taking into account the hazards which may be present.

“It is a driver’s responsibility to ensure that appropriate speeds are adopted and to drive in a safe, cautious and judicious manner.”

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