Sarah D'alssio next to her danaged car in New Road, Ridgwewood

Traffic calming in New Road, Uckfield, is ‘not working’,says Ridgewood resident

Twice in five days Sarah D’alessio has found her parked car has been struck by another vehicle while left outside her home in New Road, Ridgewood.

She said traffic was becoming a nightmare as the road is used as a short-cut between the Lewes and Eastbourne roads.

On the first occasion the nearside wing mirror was damaged and on Monday night the front wing of her VW was hit.

On both occasions the vehicle causing the damage did not stop or leave a note. “The situation is just getting worse,” she said.

People living at the other end of the road had their brand new car hit yesterday morning. Damage was to the back wing of the car and again the driver did not stop.

Mrs D’alessio, who is a business manager for a primary school,  said the traffic calming was not working. Vehicles were speeding through and were not deterred by the speed humps.

Lorry drivers are also using it as a short-cut to the industrial estate, even though there are signs prohibiting lorries entering New Road from Lewes Road. She believed  drivers were “following their sat navs”.

New Road weight restriction sign

New Road weight restriction sign

She said the situation had deteriorated since the Fernley Park estate had been built off Eastbourne Road.

Another problem is that vehicles are mounting the pavement outside the gate to her property  so they can pass one another.

Mrs D’alessio fears the situation will become worse with greater use of the Ridgewood Recreation Ground possible, if the town’s bowls club is allowed by the town council to establish a green on the site.

“Last week for the election it was complete and utter chaos here with people coming to vote at the village hall,” she said.

She has contacted East Sussex Highways to ask for action to be taken.

Other residents of New Road have used our Facebook page  to add their support.

Madeleine Fontana wrote: “I live right opposite the junction with Wares Road and people drive through like complete idiots.The speed bumps are completely ineffective.”

Jean Goring wrote: “A new weight restriction sign will be going up soon, which will hopefully be more visible.

“There has been a massive reduction in lorries cutting through, because my husband has been very proactive working with the police and Ridgewood Ind Est factory managers.”


A requirement of the planning permission granted to Linden Homes for its major development at Fernley Park was for it to pay for work to deter motorists using New Road as a short cut.

The highways authority, East Sussex County Council, at first trialled a scheme which blocked the access from New Road to Lewes Road.

Following objections and consultations, the closure was lifted and replaced by speed humps with the road narrowed at some points. The work was carried out nearly two years ago.

Traffic worries in New Road, Ridgewood

Traffic worries in New Road, Ridgewood

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