Framfield Road and High Street junction (file photo)

Bid to ease Uckfield traffic congestion and make roads safer

Traffic hot-spots on routes around Uckfield may get minor improvements in a final stage of improvement works.

Town councillors put forward places where they thought money could be spent to ease traffic flows and make areas safer for drivers and pedestrians.

Ideas, which will to go to the county council for consideration, included:

  • Bringing the filter light into use at the Framfield Road junction so southbound traffic can turn left when vehicles are emerging from Framfield Road
  • A pedestrian crossing on Manor Park in the vicinity of Tesco Express
  • A phasing of the Church Streets lights to make it easier for those turning right
  • Tackling speeding in a number of areas including Eastbourne Road and much of New Town
  • Removing grass verges in The Drive to provide dedicated parking spaces.

The issue was discussed at last night’s town council meeting.

A report said substantial improvements had been made to highway and footways in the town centre in the past two years.

They had focussed on the street scene, public transport, pavements and easing traffic flow.

The next phase of work, Phase Three, at the bus station which will cost about £3 million, is expected to begin towards the end of the year 2017/18.

After that, the report said, it was proposed that a Phase Four is brought forward.

It is thought a maximum of £800,000 would be available from developer contributions.

East Sussex County Council aims to focus on improving movement and access for pedestrians, cyclists, public transport and overall traffic on the main access corridors into the town centre.

Five access ‘corridors’ have been identified as needing improvement.

They are:

  •  Bell Lane – from Bellbrook Industrial Estate and Batchelor Way/Markland Avenue to Tesco roundabout.
  •  Framfield Road, New Town – from Uckfield hospital to Framfield Road junction.
  •  Ridgewood – from the town boundary on both Lewes Road and Eastbourne Road corridors to the junction with Framfield Road.
  •  Church Street – from Snatts Road to Church Street/High Street junction and including The Drive plus adjoining residential areas if required.
  •  London Road/High Street – from Budletts Roundabout to Church Street/High Street junction including residential areas.

Measures could include:

  • Improved footways and cycle facilities
  • New/improved or upgraded crossing facilities
  • Public transport waiting infrastructure including real-time passenger information
  • Improved off-road parking provision
  • Junction improvements to aid the flow of traffic and improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Traffic calming initiatives to improve safety/reduce vehicle speeds.

Proposals put forward are to be investigated by East Sussex Highway Engineers and a technical report produced which will outline issues and challenges on each corridor, measures considered and which options have been discounted.

Potential risks would also be outlined along with a prioritised list of measures for consideration, and accompanying costs.

Your comments

Sally Willcock says on our Facebook page: “All look like good ideas. Shame they can’t get a crossing in near Manor School as well.

Also, I think a mini roundabout would help on London Road at the end of Browns Lane – traffic really stacks up on Browns lane, at all times of the day, as it waits to get out. A mini roundabout would be a huge help and also act as a speed calming measure.”

Claire Cook Thorns says: Totally agree with removing the grass verges on the drive ..I’m a carer along with many others in Uckfield and parking up there is a nightmare even along the one way system.”

Melinda Kenton says: “A crossing on Framfield Road near the fish and chip shop is needed as the pavement into town on the left is so narrow.”

Arthur Rees says: How about a filter light at the link road (B2102) and High street light so southbound traffic can turn right onto the link road when traffic is emerging from the link road to the high street?

Ben Gillam says: Is the Framfield Road turning even a problem? From memory most traffic is going towards the Highlands, and traffic wanting to filter can’t get there because of size of queue and parked cars?

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