We the undersigned call on East Sussex County Council, East Sussex Highways and Highways England to:
- Recognise that the junction of the A26 and the B2109 Avis Road is dangerous to road users and has resulted in a number of avoidable KSIs as well as many avoidable non-serious RTCs
- Work together to urgently identify and review the options to make the junction safer
- Implement, as soon as practicable, traffic safety measures such as traffic lights, speed cameras or a roundabout, to save lives, protect the public and reduce demand on our over-stretched emergency services.
East Sussex County Councillor Darren Grover said: “In over 30 years of living in Newhaven and South Heighton, I have witnessed first hand dozens of collisions at this junction, as well as overturned HGVs. Too many people have died and for too long, the county council and Highways have shirked their responsibility to protect the public”.
Councillor Macleod, district councillor for South Heighton added: “As a local resident and district ward councillor i know just how dangerous this junction is. We see accidents time and time again at this location and things have to change. We understand budgets are tight but at the end of the day people's lives far outweigh the need to cut costs”.
Newhaven councillor James MacCleary also added: “Newhaven always seems to be put to the back of the queue by the County Council - unless they want to dump an incinerator on us! Safety improvements at this junction are long overdue and we demand they prioritise the safety of local people and the tens of thousands of people who use this dangerous road every week."