Drivers ignoring road closed signs on coastal road

Snow in Eastbourne March 11th 2013 E11023P
Snow in Eastbourne March 11th 2013 E11023P

SOME drivers have been ignoring road closed signs and driving the hazardous A259 road between Eastbourne and Seaford this morning.

According to Sussex Police, motorists have driven past the signs on the road east of East Dean, despite some sizeable snowdrifts ahead of them.

This tricky road over Beachy Head has been closed since yesterday afternoon following heavy snowfall on Monday and overnight.

Although there has been no extra snowfall this morning, the icy winds have continued to make conditions outside cold, with gritters from East Sussex County Council going out this morning to tackle primary routes in the region.

Rail services have been hit too this morning with commuters facing delays to and from Eastbourne Station.

There were delays to a number of trains. A spokesman for Southern Railways said: “Snow and freezing temperatures in the south east since yesterday and overnight are leading to cancellations and delays to train services on our network this morning, particularly on routes through Sussex.”

Yesterday, rail travellers faced major delays. James Clarke, who was travelling to Hastings, told BBC Sussex: “What should have been a four-hour train journey became an eight-hour train and replacement bus journey.

“The bus part took two hours 45 minutes to get the 12 miles from Eastbourne to Bexhill.”

The snow has affected bus services in Eastbourne. This lunchtime, Stagecoach South East released a list of its current state of services in the town:

Routes 1/1A - running about every 20 minutes. Buses also cannot serve Lindfield Road southbound or Maywood Avenue (buses are returning to town via Brodrick Road and Decoy Drive). Buses are diverted via Victoria Drive instead of Green Street. Buses are now able to serve Sevenoaks Road, Kingfisher Drive and Langney Shops.

Eastbourne Loop - running about every 20 minutes, but buses will operate direct via Princes Road and not serve Beatty Road or Ramsay Way. Between ASDA and Willingdon Drove buses are able to run via Tanbridge Road, The Rising and Langney Shops. In addition buses are serving The Hydneye but not Winkney Farm.

Route 3 - normal service as far as Mead Street

Route 51 - only running to Heathfield

Routes 251/252 - Buses have started to run up to Tunbridge Wells. Route 252 is not able to serve Rotherfield and will stay on A257.

Route 99 - normal service

Route 54 - running as far as Hailsham. We are checking the rest of the route to Uckfield.

Route 55 - not currently running

Route 56 is now operating