Update on A26 safety improvements from Councillors James MacCleary and Sean MacLeod.
As your local councillors we wanted to get in touch about work taking place on the A26. In recent months we have been pressing National Highways, who are responsible for the road, to make various improvements to enhance safety for road users and residents.
We have been particularly focussed on making the junction with Avis Road (B2109) safer as it is very dangerous. There have been a number of accidents there in recent years and we have been prominent in the local press calling for action.
We are really pleased to be able to tell you we have been successful!
To their credit, National Highways have been happy to engage with us and are taking the issues seriously. We have already got them to cut back overgrown vegetation to improve sightlines for instance.
We are now very pleased to be able to confirm a major programme of work is commencing that will take place over the coming months to upgrade the entire stretch of the A26 as it comes into Newhaven and make the junction with Avis Road much safer.
Work is already underway to upgrade lighting along the road and that work will continue along different stretches of the road for the next couple of weeks. All residents affected should have received a letter from National Highways with details of the work. There is more information available via their website: www.nationalhighways.co.uk
The next job will be the junction itself. They have made it a high priority due to the number of serious accidents there and pressure from ourselves and local residents. They plan to install permanent traffic lights to allow traffic to flow safely on and off the A26 making the junction much safer for all road users.
National Highways covers the entire country so we are really pleased to have got this project on to the list. The work will not happen immediately, but they have told us they expect to get started within the next year.
We will keep pressing on local highways issues and are always happy to take up issues on behalf of residents so please get in touch.
With best wishes
James and Sean