Independent columnist Observer is stuck in a jam on the Uckfield by-pass and sets a target for the rail authorities of some services from London taking just one hour – ‘Uckfield in 60’.
There is one thing the Uckfield High Street roadworks have highlighted and that’s the inadequacy of the A22 by-pass.
Many people predicted the traffic would be nose to tail and so, for large parts of the day, it has proved.
The building of 1,000 homes on Ridgewood Farm will make things much worse.
The works in the town centre with a 20mph speed limit will also make the High Street a less desirable route for through traffic but perhaps make it a better place to take the family shopping.
It all adds up to more jams – just like those on the A27 west of Brighton where there are frustrating queues at Worthing and on the Arundel and Chichester by-passes.
East Sussex County Council shows no inclination to improve the A22, let alone dual the Uckfield by-pass as many in the town want. (See also the comment at the end of this story)
So, if you are sitting in a jam . . . get used to it. I can only see things getting worse with nothing on the horizon to relieve the pain.
‘Uckfield in 60’ from London Bridge?
ON THE TRAINS: Don’t you just love how Network Rail and Southern tinker with the timings of the trains from Uckfield.
We have seen other examples of these earlier starts and extended journeys.
Actually, what passengers want is the trains to run to the timetable – let alone the requirements of the franchise – and to not be squashed in like sardines in a tin.
And, surely some Uckfield in 60 (one hour Uckfield platform to London Bridge platform) services is not an unreasonable aspiration.
There is so much wrong with the rail services in this neck of the woods as we continue to reap the bitter harvest of decades of poor decision making and under-investment (or no invesment).
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Sam Imber says there are plans to improve the A22. He has been told by highways of the following proposals:
1) Copwood roundabout – extending the length of 2 lane approach. Stage 1 safety audit raises no apparent problems. Purpose of the improvement is to improve efficiency of operation of this junction and accommodate the increase in traffic
2) Little Horsted roundabout – extending the length of 2 lane approach. Stage 1 safety audit raises no apparent problems. Purpose of the improvement is to improve efficiency of operation of this junction and accommodate the increase in traffic
3) Horsted Pond Lane – passing places and widening to supplement the anticipated increase in vehicular activity for the SANGS project.
4) Lewes Road – traffic calming measures to ensure speed reduction for the 2 new access points. This has been subject to a stage 1 safety audit.
5) Lewes Road – footway widening and improvements identified areas for dropped crossing points and tactile paving features listed in paragraph 7.5.10 of the Transport Assessment.
6) Improvements at existing bus stops on Eastbourne Road and Lewes Road including RTPI, kerbing, shelters where required.
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