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Drivers putting others at risk at Rottingdean roadworks
Reckless drivers are moving road signs and going the wrong way down one-way streets.
The Argus reported last week how some drivers faced a five-mile detour during gas safety works in Rottingdean.
But since work began last Saturday some drivers have been ignoring no entry signs and driving head-first into the path of oncoming traffic.
The Argus caught several vehicles trying to pass through the no entry signs yesterday.
A Sussex Police spokeswoman said they had been made aware of drivers ignoring the road signs and had been liaising with Brighton and Hove City Council and Southern Gas Networks to make sure the signs were visible to road users.
She added: “We would ask drivers to obey these signs and to park thoughtfully in the area to ensure that the signs are not obscured. Ignoring road signs can be an offence and may be enforceable by police.”
Rottingdean councillor Lynda Hyde, said: “I am saddened that people are not obeying the road signs which in turn is putting other road users at risk. I am particularly worried that people are altering and moving road signs, which could be dangerous for children who are returning to school next week from their half-term holidays.”
The Green, between the junctions at Falmer Road and Dean Court Road, will be closed for two weeks as part of a £225,000 project to fit new plastic gas pipes and is the first of two separate road closures. The second phase of the project will begin on Saturday, November 10 when the works will move to Vicarage Lane.
Road users have complained of ‘horrendous’ traffic and are calling for the work to be completed without any closures.
Jane Purcell, from Peacehaven, uses the A259 to get home from Brighton after work. She said: “I am just astounded by the traffic chaos. Since these road works were put in place it is absolutely horrendous. Traffic is at a virtual standstill.
“People aren’t following the diversion and you can see they are cutting through Ovingdean.”
A spokeswoman for Southern Gas Networks said: “It is necessary to close sections of The Green and Vicarage Lane while we complete our works.
We would ask road-users to respect the road signs. The signs are there to ensure their safety, as well as the safety of our engineers.
“We do appreciate that road works can be frustrating and we would like to thank everyone for their patience while we complete this essential maintenance."
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