The problem junction of River Way with High Street, Uckfield.

Concern about High Street and River Way junction Uckfield

Concerns about access to Waitrose during roadworks in town and problems with getting out of River Way, Uckfield, and into the High Street were raised at a meeting last night.

Nick Redman, from Rix and Kay, and John Lewis, from Lewis Business Media, both working from offices behind Waitrose asked whether arrangements were being made to improve that junction.

Mr Redman said 90 people, with 45 cars, worked there for Rix and Kay and it could be very difficult to get out.

There was another query about whether a temporary one-way road system would really mean that traffic heading south to Waitrose would have to divert along Bell Lane, out to the by-pass and in again at Ridgewood before being able to turn into the store car park.

Mr Matthew Reid, project manager for the Uckfield highway improvement works said the manager of Waitrose had raised the same point and they were looking into it.

He said that at some stage there would have to be a one-way system in that area but they were looking at options for avoiding it being in place for the entire eight-week period.

Mr Reid said the High Street improvements – including the introduction of a 20mph speed limit – should improve traffic flow in the town, including at the River Way junction.

He added: “We will monitor the situation. If there is a serious problem once the project is finished we will look to address it at that point.”

The meeting was held at Uckfield Civic Centre to inform people about the first stage of highway improvements to Uckfield town centre.

There is more detail about the meeting in these other stories:

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