Results of the latest consultations in Uckfield town centre traffic improvements have been announced by East Sussex County Council.
The report is based on responses given at an exhibition held in the Civic Centre and those given online and on paper over a four-week period during the spring.
The county council said the “general response about the scheme options is positive overall”.
It said the town centre suffers from congestion and with the additional housing already being built, and further developments planned over the next 15 years, it is forecast to get considerably worse.
“To keep Uckfield as a vibrant and flourishing town it is vital we address the problem and not wait until the situation becomes critical before taking action.
“To be successful, town centre shops and businesses need people to be able to reach them easily and safely, on foot, by bike, public transport or car. This means pedestrians need to be able to move about safely, there needs to be easy access to good public transport and sufficient car parking and traffic needs to be able to flow freely,” the report said.
As highway authority, East Sussex County Council (ESCC) is responsible for roads and transport across the county. “We need to take action to implement a solution that reflects the views of the people who live and work in and around Uckfield,” the council said.
Key proposals are:
- A new car park on the site of the old railway station (to provide convenient parking for commuters to encourage greater use of the train) – read more here;
- Bus Station improvements (new bus canopy/covered waiting area and real-time passenger information to improve accessibility and encourage the use of public transport. Read more here.
- High Street improvements (reducing on-street parking, widening and resurfacing of footways and upgrading Pelican crossings to improve accessibility, improving the three town centre traffic signal junctions. Read more here.
- How the works will be paid for – read more here.
In reporting the results of the consultation, the county council said: “The results showed that overall the schemes put forward at the consultation exhibition were well received, subject to appropriate design refinements, as identified from the consultation responses.
“It was also felt that close consultation with Wealden District Council would be important in order to consider their parking restrictions at the same time. This would give full effect to the station car park and high street on-street parking proposals.
“The consultation comments will be used by the county council, in partnership with the Uckfield Town Centre Steering Group to help shape the Stage 1 proposals ahead of detailed design in summer 2013 and implementation of the measures from early 2014 onwards.”