Ditchling Road could soon get a traffic-calming scheme designed to improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists. A recent survey has shown that 66% of people believe a scheme of this nature is necessary.
The road is on a major bus route and it is known to suffer the impact of speed merchants. The scheme would improve safety and accessibility for passengers getting on and off buses, particularly disabled people and those with buggies and heavy shopping.
Councillor Craig Turton, deputy chair of the environment committee, said, “The scheme runs from Viaduct Road to Friar Road and will be designed to improve access and safety, especially for pedestrians. Traffic islands and kerb build-outs will improve visibility and make it safer to cross this busy road. Changes to the traffic signals at Fiveways will provide pedestrian crossing facilities on all parts of the junction. A cycle lane will be included at the northern end.
“The objective is to slow traffic and create a safer environment without displacing traffic onto other routes.”
A decision on whether to go ahead with the scheme will be made by the environment committee on 17 March.
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