From: Martin Wellings
Haystoun Park, Willingdon
I always joked that with our current poor road network in this area, that the road planners must all be cyclists with little knowledge of the requirements of the motorist, but having read the report on the ‘improvements’ to the A27 in the Herald, I find it is no joke after all.
All this £75 million will do is to tinker around the edges of the real needs, and I cannot see that it will reduce the time from Polegate to Lewes by even one minute – admittedly it will make an improvements to the very few cyclists that use the route, but they don’t pay all the road taxes!
One of the biggest problems is the average speed of this 10-mile journey, as due to the very few overtaking possibilities, cars can only travel at the speed of the slowest vehicle, which means somewhere between 40mph and 50mph being the usual maximum anywhere on this road.
If something useful was going to be done with this money, then why not at least a ‘crawler’ lane or two, so that very slow moving farm vehicles etc would be able to pull over?
Or concentrate on improving the junction at Polegate, so that cars from the bypass and Willingdon could filter in the A27, rather than the traffic lights simply causing the formation of a column of vehicles?
Probably the biggest objection to the proposals, however, is that I can see that this is highly likely to put back the date at which a proper new dual carriageway is eventually built.
Still, I shouldn’t really worry, as by the time traffic virtually grinds to a halt and the road is at last considered necessary sometime in the mid to late twenties, I and many of your readers will be too old to care!