AN INNOVATIVE form of traffic calming is being installed in Alfriston to encourage safer driving on a narrow stretch of road.
On May 23, three temporary water-filled barriers will be placed in the road against the kerb at separate locations within the narrowest part of Alfriston High Street.
These barriers are intended to encourage drivers to give way to oncoming traffic and deter them from mounting the pavement.
East Sussex County Council will also be putting up Give Way signs and painting an extra set of give way markings on the road.
ESCC has been working with Save Alfriston for Everyone (SAFE) and the Parish Council on a project funded by English Heritage to identify a number of potential solutions to traffic problems.
This can amount to 4,500 vehicles over a 24-hour period.
Many residents reported they were worried about the number of vehicles mounting the kerb, causing damage to pavements and medieval buildings, and endangering people travelling on foot.
At the end of the experiment, ESCC will gather the results and any feedback received and may make it permanent.
Councillor Carl Maynard, Lead Cabinet Member for Economy, Transport and Environment said, “Local people have been telling us that there are problems on this stretch of road and we have been working with SAFE and the Parish Council to help find a way forward.
“By putting in these temporary barriers we can see whether they are effective and, if they are, we can put in a more permanent version.”
A spokesperson for Alfriston Parish Council said, “Alfriston hopes that this experiment will go some way alleviate the problems that occur in the High Street.”