I feel that I must take issue with Derek Stocker’s comments about the traffic lights at the junction of De La Warr Road (DLWR) and Brett Drive (Observer, November 13).
As someone who lives pretty close to these lights, I can say with some certainty that it is not these lights that cause the snarl up on DLWR, but the roundabout at the eastern end that is followed closely by a pedestrian controlled crossing.
The roundabout itself carries a huge amount of traffic from DLWR with the joining traffic from Hastings Road and those vehicles from Ravenside, towards Hastings exacerbating the problem, with the traffic being further held up by the pedestrian crossing thus gridlocking the roundabout itself. Additionally, the crossing lights frequently stay red for traffic long after the pedestrians have cleared the crossing causing unnecessary hold up to the traffic flow.
A pelican crossing would have been more suitable in this location, allowing traffic to flow as soon as pedestrians have cleared the crossing.
But, as suggested by others, a footbridge would seem to be the best solution, as a pedestrian underpass would surely be subject to constant flooding.
There would have been no need for the lights at Brett Drive at all had the planners realised what would happen and not permitted entry and egress from Ravenside, cutting down the amount of traffic using the junction from/to Brett Drive to be massively reduced and the junction could then have worked satisfactorily without lights as it did before.
They should have made entry and exit from Ravenside to be at the roundabout only.
The lights in question are not pedestrian controlled as Mr Stocker implies (some common sense applied there then) and pedestrians have absolutely no problem crossing the DLWR at that point when the lights turn red for DLWR.
However, with the lights in place, it does make entry and egress to Glassenbury Drive a lot easier.
Whilst I am on the subject, if there had been a slip road type entrance to Ravenside from the Hastings direction, where there is plenty of road width so to do, this would also have eased the volume of traffic on the roundabout itself.
The main problem with the lights at the junction of King Offa Way (KOW) and London Road could be eased just by better timing of the lights.
De La Warr Road, Bexhill
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