The A27 stretch of road between Eastbourne and Lewes has been labelled ‘woefully inadequate’ and should be made into a dual carriageway.
That was the view from readers who responded to an article in last week’s Herald revealing that the A27 was just one of only seven roads across the UK to be considered in a feasibility study for improvement.
The news was welcomed by Eastbourne’s MP Stephen Lloyd who said the road between the town and Lewes was ‘a disgrace’, ‘unsafe’ and that Eastbourne needs a decent link to the M23, London and the rest of the UK.
Since then residents have come forward with their views on the stretch of road which has been home to a series of collisions, many fatal, over the years.
Cassie Philip said, “The only way forward is to widen the road and make it a dual carriageway.
“The traffic backs up at Polegate and from the Polegate roundabout only due to the slow, mundane accident- prone nature of the road. I also think the traffic lights at the Polegate junction are timed wrong too.”
Robert Cooper said, “I have always believed that the road should have been re-developed into a dual carriageway for its entire length. And as stated this should have been done in the 1980s”, while Brenda Tomkins said action needed to be taken to prevent more people being seriously injured or killed, adding, “As the main road linking Lewes to Eastbourne, it is woefully inadequate. Everyone who lives locally is only too familiar with the regular bottleneck Polegate has become, not only in rush hours.
“The safety record of this road is quite horrific and this should be the major reason for dualling it from Lewes to Polegate.
“The link road from the A27 across to Cophall Roundabout would help tremendously and we’re only talking about a mile or so of road with the major junction ready-prepared.”
The new Minister for Transport, Robert Goodwill MP, announced the news the A27 is to be considered in a feasibility study which will be published in the spring of 2015.