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Station St: closed for 6 weeks?

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On 22 Jun 2016 at 6:06pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
The Argus is reporting that Station Street may be closed for 6 weeks while they repair a collapsed sewer.
There will be a diversion taking traffic up St Andrews Lane (that'll be interesting) and buses and lorries will be diverted along Southover and up to the prison lights.
Pity they didn't notice the sewer failing while they repaired the pavements the other year. Or could the repairs have been a contributing factor in the collapse?
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On 22 Jun 2016 at 6:09pm Jeff wrote:
Brilliant! Its so much nicer in town without cars. All the traders and residents should have a street party
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On 22 Jun 2016 at 6:31pm Pedestrian wrote:
Have you been into town over the last couple of days Jeff? Huge queues down from the top end of town - cars everywhere. The only street without traffic is Station Street. All of the narrow side roads are choked with traffic trying to find a way through.
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On 22 Jun 2016 at 6:40pm MC wrote:
Wonderful. I work in Station Street and the area is so much more pleasant when the cars are banished. People even stop and talk to each other on the street.

As for the build up of cars elsewhere in the town. Don't people have bicycles?
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On 22 Jun 2016 at 7:36pm Tipex wrote:
Annette - I'm not sure you can blame a bit of pavement widening on a collapsed sewer. Could it possibly be the sewer was just old and needed replacement? It's not ALWAYS possible to point the finger of blame.
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On 22 Jun 2016 at 9:47pm MC wrote:
Who knows what caused the problem but according to the bloke overseeing the digging of the hole the cavity under the pavement and the front walls of the patisserie and hairdressers was due to a waste pipe that exited under the pavement where there was no means of the water exiting. The result was the creation of a large cavity.
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On 22 Jun 2016 at 11:16pm Mavis wrote:
So no serious effort to divert traffic then. Signs at the roundabouts on A27 etc. Just a terrible snarl up, exasperated by the grammar school buses, being oblivious to the mess they are adding to, multi drop vans, taxis and delivery lorries unloading where they like. No sign of traffic police, just wardens looking the other way.
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On 22 Jun 2016 at 11:25pm Stay car free wrote:

Wish they would close Station St up to the high st. and the high st too. Too many cars driving through the centre of Lewes, and it would be better without them.
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On 23 Jun 2016 at 9:04am The Old Mayor wrote:
One wouldn't credit that the closure of a small, single lane, one way street would cause such chaos throughout the town would you. Why isn't there a plan in place for when this happens ?
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On 23 Jun 2016 at 10:39am brycair wrote:
It is such a respite to actually be able to leave windows open, and not be bothered by the constant traffic noise and all the black dust from all the diesel engines.
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On 23 Jun 2016 at 11:44am asthmatic wrote:
That 'black dust' is killing people. Even worse is the invisible Nitrogen Oxide, but levels in the Air Quality Management Area in central Lewes are still at unlawful levels. It would be a much healthier and pleasanter place without all that through traffic and it is surely time to move on from a situation where vehicles are free to go pretty much anywhere in this town.
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On 23 Jun 2016 at 12:31pm Wotcha wrote:
So ... I'm wanting to drive from the station to somewhere out of town, a journey that would normally take me up Station Street and onto Fisher Street. Station Street is now closed, so they divert me to drive UP St Andrew's Lane. I get to the top of St Andrew's Lane and now need to turn right into the High Street and left into Fisher Street. How will that work? There will be a queue of eastbound traffic backed up from the traffic lights next to the Information Office. How will I break into that queue with a right turn from St Andrew's Lane?
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On 23 Jun 2016 at 4:20pm Ex-Lewes resident wrote:
MC, Mavis and Asthmatic- Why not come and live with me, on the island of Sark. Cars are banned, and everyone goes around on bicycles. There are no vans delivering to shops.
Actually, there are no shops...
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On 23 Jun 2016 at 7:41pm Mavis wrote:
No shops on Sark ! No decent shops here either !
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On 23 Jun 2016 at 8:01pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I love the way people suggest others should cycle or use public transport without the slightest idea what journeys they have to make.
Today, I had to spend the morning at a place just off the Polegate bypass, then had an appointment in the centre of Lewes, followed by one in Peacehaven and one in South Heighton. Even if I wasn't old and arthritic, I don't think I could have fitted all that in to my 6.5 hour working day if I'd cycled or used buses and trains.


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