White lines are to be re-laid in Uckfield High Street between the bridge and the Bell Lane junction to encourage traffic into two lanes again at that point.
Motorists have noticed long delays in getting into town from Framfield Road and they say it is because there isn’t enough room any more for traffic to filter left from High Street into Bell Lane.
Matthew Reid from East Sussex County Council who is manager of the Uckfield Town Centre Regeneration project said there was still room for two-lane traffic and white lines were to be re-painted to make that clear.
Peter Griffiths, UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate for Wealden, said at an emergency meeting of Uckfield Chamber of Commerce last week that he was finding it increasingly difficult to get into town via Framfield Road.
On Thursday, the evening of the meeting, he had been stopped at the Framfield Road junction through two cycles of traffic lights because people could no longer use two lanes to get into town and traffic backed up the road.
Julie Hobbs, who owns PipeDreams, snow, surf and skate shop in Uckfield High Street said she had noticed the same problem and it was “absolutely appalling” trying to get out of Framfield Road. The changes had made a huge difference.
Mr Reid said the road had not been narrowed between Bell Lane and the bridge and white lines would encourage drivers to use two lanes again there.
He also said the road had not been narrowed over the bridge but it was narrower between the entrance to the new station car park and the bridge to make it easier for pedestrians to cross at that point when the new car park opened.
Links to more reports about the Uckfield Chamber of Commerce meeting can be seen below: