LETTER: Traffic lights are the solution

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I am a resident of Hurstpierpoint, living in Marchants Road.

My wife and I have followed with interest the various reports and opinions about congestion in Hurstpierpoint High Street and are very thankful that improvements for the safety of pedestrians are being planned for August, eg pinch points for traffic, etc. But that’s for pedestrians.

Now, as to traffic: you may remember that a few months ago there were temporary lights installed to control traffic flow around some road works in the High Street. Whilst the lights were there traffic flow greatly improved! In fact, to my knowledge, there were absolutely no problems at all, no head-on confrontations, no frayed tempers or road rage, no squeezing by or mounting the pavement, no reversing necessary and no jams and queues.

Can we not learn from this? Does this not instruct us to take our turn as we have to do in so many walks of life? Our High Street traffic problem is similar to keeping the flow going on a narrow bridge with two-way traffic when there’s space for only one line of vehicles each way. How is that solved? Answer: By installing traffic lights at each end, and everything works well.

We would suggest that the very simple answer to the traffic problem in Hurstpierpoint High Street is to install permanent traffic lights at each end of the narrowest section, and then everyone will be happy because all is fair, and we drive through in turn and by right, without fear of any confrontations, etc.

Geoff and Rachel

Holding

Marchants Road, Hurstpierpoint

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