SEAFORD: Traffic calming ‘waste of time’

Traffic calming in Seaford
Traffic calming in Seaford

TRAFFIC calming measures to a busy stretch of Seaford road have been branded a waste of time.

Alfriston Road has been the centre of much controversy after the county council (ESCC) unveiled plans to increase the speed limit on part of the road in a bid to see motorists travel more slowly.

A staggered speed limit from 30mph to 40mph on the A259 between Peacehaven and Newhaven had been successful according to ESCC.

But hundreds of residents were concerned by the proposals for a 40mph sign on Alfriston Road between the area of Kammond Avenue and Alfriston Park and to move the current 30mph sign near Hillside Avenue further back towards the cemetery.

After a 800-strong petition was presented to the council it said it would look to recommend dropping this proposal and instead introduce the 40mph limit on a smaller stretch of road.

Since then two new traffic islands have been installed about 400 metres apart, with one crossing from a grass verge that leads to railings. The other is situated near Blue Haze Avenue.

Mark Perry said the latest additions would not help to curb the speed of motorists. He said the cost of installing speed limit signs would have been cheaper.

He added, “It really makes the road narrow on the bend. It encourages people, particularly children to try and cross there on to nothing.

“I actually followed a car going up there. I came out of Cradle Hill and this car came flying around the corner doing around 55mph.”

James Charles, of Pelham Road, said most people joined Alfriston Road by crossing at Vale Road and the possibility of a crossing there should have been considered.

A county council spokesman said, “The two new traffic islands have been designed as calming features encouraging drivers to slow down.

“They are not intended as pedestrian crossing points but will allow the construction of a zebra crossing once vehicle speeds have reduced. We will carry out surveys of the vehicle speeds shortly.

“This alternative is being pursued after we consulted on a proposed change to the speed limit and received objections. We are using development contributions to fund this work.”