Uckfield could get a “yellow box” junction in the centre of town where Bell Lane meets the High Street.
The suggestion has been put forward to help alleviate the effects of extra traffic which would be generated if planning permission was given to develop land off Eastbourne Road, Ridgewood, for 90 new homes.
East Sussex Highways says the box junction scheme, paid for by the developer, is “considered an appropriate measure” which would alleviate the congestion.
Optimising the traffic lights programmes at the junction – and those at Framfield Road – were deemed to be “ineffective”.
A county highways report says the installation of a yellow box junction at Bell Lane/High Street would be the most effective way of keeping the junction clear.
“This would allow the right turn lane to flow freely when currently this, at times, becomes obstructed,” the report states.
“The principle of a box junction is considered acceptable and through further technical assessment, the decision of either a partial box or full box junction can be decided by the highway authority.
“The scheme proposed for the junction Bell Lane/High Street is considered to be acceptable for planning purposes and to assist the movement of traffic through the junction, and is likely to mitigate the minor increase in traffic on peak periods, as well as during other times during the day, and represents benefit, fitting the scale of the housing scheme.”
90 homes plan
Gladman Homes is seeking to build 90 homes, including 35% affordable housing, on the land at Eastbourne Road, which is on the right hand side, opposite Fernley Park, as you head out of town.
The box junction suggestion has emerged in documents associated with the latest application
There have been a number of planning applications relating to this land over a number of years. A 2016 plan for 90 homes was refused.
Wealden District Council will determine the planning application and is being asked to make the box junction one of the conditions, if it gives approval. Of course, if the plan is refused, the developer would not pay for the box junction work.
What’s a yellow box junction?
The Highway Code says: Box junctions. These have criss-cross yellow lines painted on the road (download ‘Road markings’) [external link]. You MUST NOT enter the box until your exit road or lane is clear. However, you may enter the box and wait when you want to turn right, and are only stopped from doing so by oncoming traffic, or by other vehicles waiting to turn right.