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On 10 Jun 2010 at 10:38pm boom! wrote:
Just a quick one. Why do pedestrians insist on walking up the middle of Market Street, or stopping in the middle of the road having a chat when there is a perfectly good pavement? The pavement is only on one side of the road which is a pain, but it is more of a pain having to wait whilst people finish their chat for me to carry on driving through. Rant over.
On 10 Jun 2010 at 11:40pm Mr Wilks wrote:
It's Market Lane you're on about. Yes they are a pain, dfls mainly, think the town is some sort of living museum where they can amble about the streets avoiding the odd penny farthing. Drive straight at them, gets 'em moving.
On 11 Jun 2010 at 3:11am Driving Miss Daisy wrote:
Totally agree.. It's also a road that needs to be one way only and it also needs a mirror fixed above the house next to the chippy so you can see what's coming down Fisher street (mirror needs to be fairly high up to stop pi$$ed up chavs from the Lamb smashing it up !!!)
On 11 Jun 2010 at 7:21am Lewes Observer wrote:
DFL chavs, or just chavs
On 11 Jun 2010 at 8:07am Taff wrote:
Watch the reflection in the Star brewery window for oncoming traffic. That does mean you may run into a pedestrian crossing by the Dilraj though,
On 11 Jun 2010 at 8:08am 'ere be monsters wrote:
Why does it have to be one way, and why that way?
On 11 Jun 2010 at 9:06am Driving Miss Daisy wrote:
99% of the traffic go from town to fisher street anyway....when someone turns into market lane from fisher street, it creates total mayhem as the road is just not wide enough.
On 11 Jun 2010 at 10:05am 'ere be monsters wrote:
So a 1% problem is enough to change it is it? I take it your survey that came up with the 99% flow of traffic being east to west took into account all the traffic entering and leaving the car parks and houses in Market Lane did it?
On 11 Jun 2010 at 11:52am Pedestrian wrote:
Which houses in Market street? There must be about 8 spaces on the south side dotted about, and about 10 spaces on the north side as there's no access on to the West Street car park. So 99% of traffic in Fisher St is probably about right.
It's hardly a traffic thoroughfare and I walk down the middle of it cos the pavement is too narrow. And yes, I own a car so I pay my road fund licence.
I'm not a DfL, I've never lived in London, never intend to and live about a 10 min walk from Market lane.
I do know that it's quicker and more pleasant to walk around Lewes than drive around it. If you want a racetrack in the town, move to Crawley or Newhaven.
On 11 Jun 2010 at 12:09pm Miss Daisy's driver wrote:
Christ EBM, i think you'll find it was only a suggestion to make things a bit better. Get off your high horse pal.
On 11 Jun 2010 at 12:18pm Brixtonbellle wrote:
Make market Lane residents/business access only (from Market St and exiting Fischer Street). Stops it being used as cut through and keeps traffic moving on Fisher Street and Market Street. Small inconvenience to some drivers, major improvement for residents and pedestrians (whether dfl or lewes born). To be honest I wouldn't even think of turning right onto it from Fisher street, it doesn't get you onto the one way system any quicker.
On 11 Jun 2010 at 3:03pm Boom! wrote:
Sorry Market Lane, my mistake. Have never seen anybody turn right into it from Fisher Street, that would be interesting. I agree that the pavement is narrow so if there are people walking opposite ways on it the road will have to be used. It is the people who walk in the road making no effort to move when a car comes towards them. I do not like using Market Lane very much but because of the recent road works and the amount of traffic through the town centre it has become my main route of choice. I just wish some pedestrians realised how dangerous a car could be if in the wrong hands.
On 12 Jun 2010 at 10:48am 'ere be monsters wrote:
Miss Daisy's driver, which direction should I ride my high horse up Market Lane?
The point I made was that statistics should be backed up with fact not assumption.
There are houses in Market Lane, go and look for them.
No through traffic would perhaps be the ideal. Access only for businesses and homes.
On 12 Jun 2010 at 5:39pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I think there are only 4 houses in Market Lane, at the Fisher Street end, next to the Dilraj. The car parks are only for LDC staff, so it doesn't matter if they're inconvenienced.
It's a useful little road imo and eases congestion if the upper part of the High Street and East Street are very busy.
It would be sensible to make it one way, I think. It can get very tricky if you meet another car coming down as you turn in, very few drivers seem to consider reversing up onto the little bit of forecourt at the back of the Crown and prefer to make you back out onto Market Street.
On 13 Jun 2010 at 11:44am sashimi wrote:
One way up Market Lane would be helpful. But it shouldn't be limited to local traffic. It is the only way to get from the bottom of the High Street onto the Offham Road.
On 13 Jun 2010 at 1:46pm 'ere be monsters wrote:
Who else remembers Lewes with only one one way street? It was Market Street and it went the other way to what it does now.

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