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  • "Well done to these people.
    The council has totally ignored the impact on surrounding residential streets with the Lewes Road plan, despite an officer's report raising concerns that traffic would simply be dispersed onto surrounding roads.
    Currently Lewes Road is down to one lane in part while work is underway.
    The whole route will eventually be reduced to a single lane, and already the number of lorries, vans and increase number of cars heading down Coombe and Bear Road to avoid the Lewes Road is noticeable.
    My cycle ride has increased by 14 minutes in the past two weeks as I now get stuck behind a terrible queue of traffic now using residential back streets as a main route.
    I am already seeing some cyclists bumping up the pavement tyring to reach the Lewes Road.
    Stick to your guns Seven Dials people, although the councillors will ignore you because they don't believe or listen to a word anyone tells them."
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Seven Dials roundabout row

Campaigners at Seven Dials

Campaigners at Seven Dials

First published in News

Community campaigners are opposing town hall plans to revamp a roundabout.

Brighton and Hove City Council is currently asking people for their views on the Seven Dials junction, north-west of Brighton station.

The local authority believes steps can be taken to ease congestion and make it safer for pedestrians and road users.

But members of the Dials North West Community Association believe it will create extra traffic in neighbouring residential streets.

Millie Ferguson, of the group, said: “There is room for improvement at Seven Dials. But we do need to be concerned about the primary intention of the plans – turning the clock back 30 years, prior to any proper consideration of the affect this would have on the surrounding area.

“If we return to the old layout, we are surely faced with a recurrence of the old congestion problem and attempts to return the Dials to its present state will be tremendously difficult.”

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