More traffic 
misery to come

More pain is on the way for residents and businesses affected by link road work and traffic delays.

It will last another two months and could impact further on Sidley traders who already fear for their future.

Questions are being asked about mis-management but these problems were unavoidable and “an unfortunate consequence” of the work according to county councillor Michael Ensor.

He highlights the project when finished will have benefits for Sidley and Bexhill and believes the problems are temporary although says he feels deeply for Sidley traders who are being affected daily by traffic hold-ups and diversion.

He says current work on the Ninfield Road bridge will finish in May, following the transfer of utility services to the temporary side-bridge, such as sewer pipes, water pipes, gas pipes, and then it will be open on both lanes for a short while.

Assurances have been made that the new Woodsgate Park road bridge will be opened in the next few weeks.

Part of the new BHLR will be opened between Elva Way and Viking Junction, and Cllr Ensor has asked for this route to be opened before the demolition of the old Ninfield Road bridge commences.

He hopes this should ease congestion, but access to Wrestwood Road will then no longer be across Ninfield Road bridge, but up London Road.

The target is to get the new Ninfield Road bridge demolished and rebuilt and open to traffic by the end of December 2014.

Cllr Ensor said: “There will be the next couple of months of pain, but when we have got over that then traffic should be able to flow quite normally, albeit with a bit of a diversion.”