New Road rat run survey results

Vehicles using New Road, Uckfield, as a rat run were identified and counted in a survey conducted by East Sussex County Council.

The results were taken into account when the possibility of closing the road to through traffic was considered by the council's lead cabinet member for transport and environment, Cllr Matthew Lock, last month.

Eventually Cllr Lock decided to publish an 'experimental Traffic Regulation Order',  rather than a permanent one, to close the road to through traffic.

He wanted to hear of any reaction to the experimental order before making a decision about whether the order should be permanent. He also authorised detailed design work on the closure of the road at its junction with Lewes Road.

For the survey vehicles entering and leaving New Road at both ends were counted and their number plates recorded and cross checked against the time they spent in New Road.

The traffic was monitored over 12 hours on November 26, 2009.

Results were:

Of 383 vehicles exiting New Road into Lewes Road ten per cent (37 vehicles) were identified as 'rat runners'.

Of 595 vehicles exiting New Road into Eastbourne Road eleven per cent (64 vehicles) were identified as rat runners.

Of 429 vehicles entering New Road from Lewes Road 15 per cent (64 vehicles) were rat runners.

Of 448 vehicles entering New Road from Eastbourne Road eight per cent (37 vehicles) were rat runners.

A report of the results said that whilst actual numbers 'do not at first glance' indicate a problem in terms of vehicles rat running down New Road there were other considerations to be taken into account.

They included the likelihood of the number of rat runners increasing when all 240 new homes in the new development on Eastbourne Road were occupied and that New Road was a narrow residential street and not a safe short cut.

There were also concerns about the 'substandard nature' of the junction of New Road and Lewes Road.


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