The support for a petition to ‘fix traffic issues’ at Hampden Park railway crossing [Herald, December 18] is understandable even though no practical suggestion for a solution is offered in the article.
In the absence of any feasible ‘new route’, the most likely ‘fix’ would be a huge double carriageway bridge with approaches rising from Brassey Avenue on one side of the current crossing to the Lottbridge Road roundabout on the other.
The cost of such a bridge would be enormous plus all the noise and air pollution caused by increased traffic flow.
The solution is simple: CLOSE the crossing. Permanently.
A small fraction of the money that would have been spent for the benefit of motorists could be used to provide a ramp to the current footbridge for pedestrians, cyclists etc, or adding lifts to the second bridge that spans the station platforms.
Most motorists, who already have Cross Levels Way on one side and a motorway standard road for out-of-town travellers on the other, would not be greatly inconvenienced. However, just think of the possible benefits to Hampden Park as a community.
The absence of through traffic could be the first step to creating a pleasant area for walking and attracting local business to an area now dominated by empty shop premises – an opportunity to rebuild a pleasant Hampden Park village.
Eastbourne Green Party
Elm Grove, Hampden Park
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