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A26 Malling Street and danger to pedestrians cross

On 11 Jul 2015 at 8:07pm Tom wrote:
Hello, I just wondered if anyone had hear anything about the proposed pedestrian crossing by the Spinneys in Malling Street? This is a horrible and dangerous road to cross I can't believe there isn't a proper crossing before the tunnel for residents and visitors to this area of town. Any reason why this road shouldn't be made safer by imposing the 30 mph speed limit in addition to a pedestrian crossing and perhaps roundabout. This road gets more traffic than most in town including heavy waste and agricultural lorries and tractors. You feel like you are taking life in your hands trying to cross speeding traffic. why aren't our politicians improving this area?
On 11 Jul 2015 at 10:11pm A Person wrote:
Good question, Tom. Lewes has about four safe crossings, and there are some lethal spots with no provision. The one you mention is one of them; another is at the top of St Anne's Hill, or near the Swan or anywhere along Southover High St for that matter. Apparently nothing will get done until someone is killed.

"We" voted for these people. We can vote them out again.
On 11 Jul 2015 at 10:27pm Rosalyn St Pierre wrote:
I totally agree Tom. After years of campaigning ESCC will start work on a crossing in the autumn, money for the project is agreed. Approximately 19 000 vehicles travel this stretch on weekdays, which is why I have been pressing for the re-opening of the Uckfield-Lewes railway since I was first elected to ESCC.
On 11 Jul 2015 at 10:52pm Belladonna wrote:
Well that's excellent news. Now we need the crossings in other areas
On 12 Jul 2015 at 2:57am Lewesperson wrote:
ESCC Highways told me that a notoriously dangerous spot, that they thought should get a crossing, won't until there is an accident demonstrating need. Rosalyn, how about also campaigning to change this policy, which seems to me to be more imminently achievable?
On 12 Jul 2015 at 7:47am Sussex Jim wrote:
A crossing in Malling Street is a good idea. But it won't stop people from crossing at other dangerous places; in particular by the bus station in between the crossings at Phoenix Causeway and by Boots.
On 12 Jul 2015 at 7:58am Rosalyn St Pierre wrote:
Good point Lewes person. Sadly the number of killed and seriously injures in East Sussex is among the worst in England. Figures show that most incidents are on rural roads, and I have always supported villages and rural communities asking for, but rarely achieving speed restrictions. Among pedestrian deaths are high numbers of pensioners, and this may be due to lack of crossings. I would like to see better traffic management outside Waitrose as the elderly dash across the road to the bus station.
But this highlights the lack of affordable public transport, resulting in very young and very elderly drivers on the road.
Can I draw LF readers to the consultation being undertaken by ESCC to cut the subsidy for transport to college for 16 plus students (now mandatory they attend courses) who either come from very low income families or who may have learning disability. It is my view that this is issue for families in the villages, where the long walk home along dark lonely lanes leaves the young person vulnerable To accepting lifts from strangers.
On 12 Jul 2015 at 9:27am Driver wrote:
The only traffic management by the bus station would be railings to stop stupid people from crossing. Or are you thinking of banning cars from this road and only allowing buses, Rosalyn?
On 12 Jul 2015 at 3:13pm pedestrian wrote:
Driver, you will be delighted to hear that this road (Eastgate Street) is to become 'shared space' under the LDC/Santon plans. Welcome to the 21st Century.
On 12 Jul 2015 at 4:37pm Tom wrote:
Great news, and a long time coming! Agree about public transport need, especially for those under 16's on courses and low incomes etc. I'm not anti-car but we can't just keep stuffing more cars and lorries on the roads and allowing them priority over de cent environmental and safety conditions for residents of an area
On 12 Jul 2015 at 10:28pm Lewesperson wrote:
Driver, if all cars were obeying the speed limit (20mph) and the missing crossing between east st and the 2 other crossings had ever been finished, you might perhaps be making less judgemental comments.
Rosalyn, yes it would be nice if we stopped accepting these excuses and acted before injury rather than because of it. In fact I would suggest that that policy is legally unsustainable. It is not something that a company could use as justification to the HSE for not bothering with protecting employees.
On 13 Jul 2015 at 3:19pm gloop wrote:
@pedstrian : Shareholders' space, surely?
On 13 Jul 2015 at 5:11pm Driver wrote:
All cars behind me HAVE to travel at 20 or less; because I do not drive any faster through this dangerous area. Or through the High Street.
But not because of the unenforceable limit: it just seems common sense in such a populated area. What's the rush, anyway?

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