Concerns over Bexhill A259 accident ‘black spot’

The turning for Down Lane off the A259 is a 'black spot' for crashes according to Mark Rogers
The turning for Down Lane off the A259 is a 'black spot' for crashes according to Mark Rogers
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A junction on the A259 in Bexhill is a ‘black spot’ for accidents thanks to the redesigned traffic lights for the link road, according to one resident.

Mark Rogers believes the turning for Down Lane off the A259 is ‘absolute mayhem’ and an ‘accident waiting to happen’ due to the new three-lane approach to the traffic lights.

He cites numerous incidents listed on East Sussex County Council’s Fix My Street website as well as his own experiences which show how dangerous the junction is.

“It’s a major issue because the road is the main access point for the leisure centre and a primary school,” he said.

“At peak hours, it’s absolute mayhem – it’s an accident waiting to happen.”

Mr Rogers said his son was involved in a crash at the junction as a car cut in front of him to turn into Down Lane. The other car was written off and his son was without his van for two weeks.

According to Mr Rogers, the police officers said after the crash that this was not the first nor will it be the last due to the new road layout.

He believes there should be a yellow box junction on the A259 so cars can safely leave and access Down Lane during peak hours.

Mr Rogers is worried that someone is going to get seriously injured or worse if nothing is done about the junction.

“Will it take someone being killed at the junction for someone to take action,” he said.

A Highways England spokesman said the problem may not be helped by a yellow box junction as it is the traffic that is the issue, but more would have to be done to assess the issue.

But the spokesman encouraged residents to report any road issues so it can work with the county council to assess the problem and decide whether any mitigating action needs to be taken.

People with concerns can call Highways England on 0300 123 5000.

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