The level crossing at Beddingham on the A27 between Lewes and Polegate is a notorious bottleneck but plans to bridge it are being opposed by the A27 Action Group that wants the £19m cost to be spent on improving public transport.
Traffic flows on this stretch of the A27 are approximately 29,000 vehicles per day, and are higher in summer, but the crossing, which is closed up to 8 times a day, results in considerable queues on the network with the result that drivers often rat-run along less suitable routes in order to avoid the crossing. The accident rate for this section of the road is above the national average and often potential incidents occur at the level crossing when drivers try to zig-zag through the half barriers in order to avoid delays.
The official consultation period ended on March 25th 2005 but Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce is asking businesses and individuals to register their support before the public enquiry starts on September 6th.
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Letters should be addressed to Brenda Taplin, Persona Consulting, West Point, Springfield Road. Horsham RH12 2PD.
The Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership (BHEP) supports the proposed bridge.
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