Successful Rye road safety meeting


Residents are one step closer to getting traffic-calming measures on two ‘dangerous’ roads in Rye after meeting the authorities for talks.

Highways England representatives joined neighbours, councillors and a police officer to discuss and see first-hand the issues people face with speeding motorists on Monday, November 28.

The party walked up and down A259 New Road and Kings Avenue while discussing concerns and possible alterations to slow-down vehicles. Resident Richard Benn said: “If all is successful we may prevent a fatality, to this point we are satisfied we have done all we can.”

Four leading figures of Highways England walked the distance of the road to see the issues and to discuss proposed traffic-calming measures.

Highways England regional safety coordinator Colin Gardner said: “Safety is our top priority and we recognise that some residents have concerns about the speed of traffic in the New Road area.

“We had a constructive meeting on Monday, November 28, and we have agreed that we will gather more evidence on traffic speeds in the area that we can use alongside our existing data on the road’s safety record to help identify any appropriate safety improvements.”

The meeting was supported by three Rye town councillors, Keith Glazier, Rother district chairman Paul Osborne as well as Rye neighbourhood Sergeant Dave Townsend.

The police officer said the area is known as a hotspot for speeding and believes something needs to be done to slow motorists leaving and entering Rye.

Sgt Townsend added residents are welcome to join a speed watch group to monitor motorists.

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