RESIDENTS and councillors are calling for more to be done to make roads along The Ridge safer before the anticipated Hastings-Bexhill Link Road is built.
They say many junctions that lead to the main road, such as Elphinstone Road, were becoming rat runs as drivers try to get on to The Ridge in a bid to avoid congestion.
A meeting was held recently by Cllr Mike Turner and fellow councillors and county councillor Matthew Lock, in which more than 30 residents living along the road aired their concerns.
Cllr Turner said: “The Ridge is already up to capacity now and traffic comes to a standstill from the crematorium to the Conquest Hospital. There are already two schools along The Ridge, the hospital and proposals for more housing development and this is even before the link road arrives.
“I have seen situations where traffic has gone into the cemetery and out the other end in order to get around traffic congestion on The Ridge.”
Cllr Turner added more pedestrian crossing were needed along the road, as the only two were opposite the Conquest and outside Helenswood School further down the main road towards Ore. He said the junction worst affected by motorists using it as a rat run was the Elphinstone Road one with The Ridge.
“Improvements are urgently needed before the link road arrives,” Cllr Turner added.
Cllr Lock, the county council’s lead member for economy and regeneration, said he believed the link road will lead to more traffic along The Ridge and agreed more traffic calming measures were needed.
He said: “People cut through side roads because they need to get to Filsham Road or Harley Shute Road, creating bottlenecks. I hope Labour and the Conservatives can work together on this and agree common ground.”
An East Sussex County Council spokesman said: “We are aware of residents’ concerns regarding increased traffic following the opening of the link road and have carried out a study to assess the predicted impact this will have on The Ridge and surrounding areas. A number of measures will be put in place to deal with these impacts including improvements to the roundabouts at the junction of The Ridge and Queensway and the junction of The Ridge and Harrow Lane.”