From: Mark Summerfield
As someone who drives around Eastbourne everyday it’s clear that traffic volumes are increasing and congestion is getting worse.
Eastbourne’s road network is overstretched, of poor design and blighted by disproportionately high levels of collisions, with those on bicycles or on foot being at most risk of serious injury.
According to current monitoring, Eastbourne’s ‘Breathe it in’ air regularly peaks into illegal levels of pollution – usually in the rush hours (i.e. cars), with no apparent action from the borough or county council to reduce it.
Whilst I agree that it’s a shame to lose a section of grass verge as part of the new transport plan around Willingdon and Victoria Road, NIMBYism risks losing sight of the bigger picture.
We all have to travel around Eastbourne and breathe Eastbourne’s polluted air.
Admittedly my choice is to travel by car but only because riding a bicycle here is uncatered for and startlingly dangerous, and provision for walking isn’t much friendlier.
Without a drastic overhaul that drags Eastbourne’s road network into the 21st century and up to the standards of surrounding towns, congestion, pollution and accidents are all likely to continue rising.
We need proper provision for people on foot, on bicycles and public transport to allow a realistic and safe alternative to cars.
The planned transport ‘corridor’, although not perfect, must go ahead.
Simply piling more cars onto our roads is no longer an option.