A start date is not yet known for roadworks expected in January as the second stage of High Street improvements gets under way.
Nor are full details known about the way the works are to be carried out.
Peter Griggs programme support manager for the project told Uckfield News yesterday that it may be some time before the information is available due to the time taken by the tender process – these matters being subject to negotiation with the successful contractor.
Mr Griggs said East Sussex County Council recognised businesses were anxious to know the start date of the works and the decision on traffic flow ie one way north or one way south and they would make this information known at the earliest opportunity.
The second stage of the highway improvement scheme – which is expected to take 32 weeks – will affect High Street between Bell Lane and Church Street. It will include pavement widening, new street furniture, ‘smart’ traffic lights and improvements to drainage.
Approval for the works was given in September by Cllr Carl Maynard, the county council’s lead member for transport and environment.
He said at the time: “This scheme is vital if we are to maintain Uckfield as a vibrant and flourishing town. The town centre already suffers from congestion and with the additional development anticipated, this will only get worse if we sit back and do nothing.”
Cllr Maynard also gave approval to plans to introduce a one-way system during construction work – a measure to tackle potential traffic issues while work is carried out.
A group has been set up to support business during the roadworks. It includes representatives of a cross section of High Street businesses and its aim is to “minimise the perceived impact of the High Street improvements and to maximise the number of people coming into the town whilst the roadworks are in progress”.