Hampden Park railway level crossing - one of the busiest in the country – is to close for seven days later this month.
The crossing will be closed to traffic from Monday November 18 to the following Monday (November 25) while major signalling equipment is installed.
The closure is expected to cause major traffic problems with traffic being diverted away from Hampden Park and along alternative routes.
The work is being carried out by Atkins Global on behalf of Network Rail, which says there is no alternative other than to close the busy road and crossing.
A spokesperson for the highways authority, East Sussex County Council, said, “The works will be carried out under a temporary road closure, for approximately 10 metres either side of the level crossing.
“A safe route will be provided for pedestrians and vehicular access for residents and to properties maintained whenever possible with an alternative route for through traffic signed and maintained for the duration of the works.”
The diversion route for traffic will see drivers having to go from Mountfield Road along Lottbridge Drove, across Cross Levels Way, into Kings Drive to Decoy Drive and Neville Avenue and Brassey Avenue and vice versa.
Buses which go through the village and across the level crossing are also being diverted while the work is carried out.
A spokesperson for Network Rail, which owns and operates the rail infrastructure, said, “These are vital to the strategy of providing a safe, reliable and efficient railway fit for the 21st century.”
Sandy Boyce-Sharpe from the Hampden Park neighbourhood Panel said, “It’s important to get this information about the level crossing closure out to everyone as soon as possible as I am aware it will affect shop deliveries, children getting to school, doctors, vets, etc.”