It can be summed up with a flat tyre

So East Sussex County Council has a transport plan, eh?

Best summed up with an image of a flat tyre if their local record (appalling) is anything to go by.

Rail carrots that were dangled pre-privatisation 20 years ago – new Glyne Gap station, re-opened West Marina station, electrification and twin track Hastings Ashford – still smouldering in the political compost heap of withdrawn pledges.

ESCC paid for (sorry, you and I paid for) a ludicrously slanted ‘study’ into a Glyne Gap station based on one lousy train an hour – and how about that, the consultants said it wouldn’t work.

West Marina station reopening – nothing done.

Hastings Ashford electrification – just maybe a hint work could start in five years.

Elsewhere in the county, ESCC’s rail transport plan is equally non existent.

ESCC should be loudly rattling the cage on these issues – the silence is deafening.

Local roads – the £113m Link Road opens soon in the middle of a potholed network of invisible road markings where basic maintenance has been cut back so much that ‘road closed’ signs are common place as even ESCC has to carry out inevitable repairs.

Ridge West has been a bad dream lately – the Queensway roundabout job caused huge delays, now we have gas main work on the Harrow Bridge causing the same – yet what is planned for Junction Road which is a constant snarl up at both ends?

The do nothing option?

Profligacy on one hand, penny pinching the other. ESCC – clueless.

Simon Stoddart

Beauport Park


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