More delays for motorists as lights replaced

Motorists face further misery and increased disruption in coming months as the Highways Agency replace outdated street lights on an almost two-mile stretch of the A259 between Bexhill and Hastings.

The Highways Agency said the improvement works on the A259, covering an area of 1.7 miles, will see existing lighting, that had reached the end of its operational life, replaced.

A Highways Agency spokesman said: “We are currently improving the lighting on the A259 between Belle Hill and the east end of De La Warr Road; this involves upgrading the type of lighting and moving some lights from the centre of the road to the footways.”

The new lighting will include eight new lighting columns on De La Warr Road and the relocation of columns from the central reservation to the footways. When completed, the new lighting will comply with current British Standard requirements, improve safety for all road users and reduce energy consumption. This will be small consolation to motorists already suffering long delays due to works on the new Bexhill to Hastings Link Road. However,the Highways Agency says replacing the lights is essential and will benefit all. “This will result in improved safety for all road users as well as road workers who will not have to cross the carriageway to carry out any maintenance work. We are aware of the technical fault which is affecting lighting at the junction at Dorset Road and we will repair lighting here as part of the scheme.

“While we carry out this work, we will be replacing signs, improving lighting on signs and associated power suppliers.”