Observer readers will no doubt recall that during the construction of the BHLR, concerns were expressed that when it was opened, traffic heading to and from this £120 million monstrosity would stream through Battle and along The Ridge in order to avoid the A21/Junction Road/Ridge pinch-point.
These concerns were pooh-poohed by the Highways people at the time - I quote a letter dated August 20, 2013 from their engagement officer, BHLR Project Team:
“Our traffic modelling has shown that Battle will experience a reduction in traffic levels.”
So much for traffic modelling! Meddling would be a better word, I hear you say, for the area is now blighted by a continuous flow of traffic; in fact, all the Link Road has done is to move traffic congestion from one place to another, and it will remain this way until the Queensway Gateway is built, and that’s about three years away.
To add to this turmoil, there are five important direction signs along The Ridge between the Beauport roundabout and Junction Road, but overhanging trees obscure most of them from view. The only one visible stands at the bottom of its support port and points to the Castleham Industrial Estate - wonderful, except that it faces in the wrong direction!
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