Work laying new paving slabs between Peacocks and The Lounge in Uckfield should be completed by the end of this week.
This news came from East Sussex county councillor Chris Dowling, who lives in Uckfield and represents Ridgewood and Framfield. He was looking forward to seeing tangible results of the work that began last Monday, September 22.
New kerb line
Having completed the first section of improvements the team will continue on the other side of River Way going up to Framfield Road before coming down again to Boots.
The county council has reported on its website that during the first week a new kerb line was put in place and the exit of River Way had been improved so that traffic turning out onto the High Street would in future have a much better line of vision up and down the High Street.
New lighting columns are in place and so is a Real Time Information Sign for a bus stop on this stretch of road.
Additional signs are reinforcing the fact that the town is ‘open for business’, and Cllr Dowling said moves were under way to change wording elsewhere, including on LED signs, which indicated New Town was closed.
Access to Waitrose
He added talks were still going on about improving access to the Waitrose car park.
The project board overseeing Uckfield improvements, which is made up of representatives of East Sussex County Council, Wealden District Council and Uckfield Town Council continues to monitor progress and investigate ways of minimising the impact of the scheme.
Cllr Claire Dowling, county council member for Uckfield, speaking in a press release, on behalf of the project board said: “The new signs are vital in reinforcing the message that Uckfield is open for business.
“We would urge people to come to the town as normal. There are spaces to park and outside peak evening hours there is little congestion.
“We thank people for their patience and are continuing to monitor the situation and will adopt a flexible approach so we can respond to issues as they arise.
“A degree of disruption was expected for a project on this scale but we do expect conditions to improve as motorists adjust to the new arrangements and the work progresses.”