A one-way road system is to be implemented in the area of Uckfield Railway Station before work begins on a new car park in October.
The temporary change will be made in late September to enable access to the site and is part of the first stage of works to be undertaken as Uckfield Town Centre Improvement Scheme gets under way.
Changes to New Town Road will include a one-way system allowing only north-bound traffic from the junction with Framfield Road.
Invitations have gone out to residents and businesses to attend a meeting on Tuesday, September 2, at Uckfield Civic Centre where East Sussex County Council will discuss the construction schedule, how access to properties will be maintained and how to contact the council during the construction period.
The area to be affected is between the High Street/Bell Lane junction and the High Street/Framfield Road junction.
The scheme includes installing new traffic signals at both junctions. Other work will include installing new street lighting and widening and repaving footways and cross-overs.
There is no indication yet, from the county council, of how long the one-way system will be in place.
Town council told of planned works
Uckfield Town Mayor, Cllr Ian Smith, told last night’s (August 18) town council meeting the High Street improvements would be carried out in two phases. The first was the work near the new car park which, he said, would start in the last week of September.
He said comments by the chamber of commerce about the length of the works (see story here) had been noted and a meeting would be held with members.
Cllr Smith said it was important to keep people informed as things would happen “quite quickly”.
The second stage of the works takes place next year between the Bell Farm Lane traffic lights and the lights at Church Street.
Cllr Smith the third stage of the traffic improvements would be works to improve the bus station.
Bus station lavatories plan hits snag
He revealed the public lavatories, which are part of the plan, may not now be built. He said: “We have a problem with land ownership with that and it is not, by any means, signed, sealed and delivered at the moment.
Plans for a new car park opposite Uckfield Railway Station were approved in July. See Uckfield station car park plan approved.
Read more here about an ‘informal crossing point’ which would have a dropped kerb to encourage people to cross there and how a 20mph zone proposed for Uckfield High Street could take in the crossing point.
Getting confused about all the major development planned for Uckfield? This UckfieldNews.com story puts them in perspective: Big Uckfield developments: here’s what’s going on
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