AFTER reading about the traffic problems in the Old Town, I have had some thoughts:
There are nine sets of traffic lights from Old London Road to the White Rock baths; some of those crossings cause no problems at all. These are at the bottom of Old London Road, in The Bourne next to Roebuck Street, at Albert Road, at the top of Robertson Street by the White Rock baths.
The major problem crossings are: in The Bourne at the bottom of Courthouse Street, at the Bottom of High Street, at the top of George Street in Marine Parade, the new crossing at Winkle Island and the worst of all, Pelham Crescent.
So here are my thoughts on how to ease the traffic flow:
Remove the crossing at Pelham Crescent, and put a pedestrian footbridge in its place, no steps, just a sloped surface. Remove the crossing at the bottom of High Street and put a pedestrian footbridge in its place, no steps, just a sloped surface.
Remove the pedestrian part of the crossing at Winkle Island, they could now use the new footbridge at the bottom of the High Street.
Remove the crossing at the end of George Street, as the public can now use the new Pelham Crescent footbridge.
This will ease the traffic flow and remove four crossings.
Or, remove the public’s ability to change the crossing lights by pressing the buttons, and have the traffic lights timed.
Pedestrians, this will increase the traffic flow as long as the lights are all phased at the same time. This system would be in operation between 10am and 6pm. After this the buttons could be used as usual.
Harold Place and Albert Road lights need to be phased to be green at the same time, this also causes large tailbacks as one is red and one is green.
One final improvement – remove the crossing at Glyne Gap and put in a footbridge this would ease the traffic along Bexhill Road and the Roundabout.