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Road danger attacked
A busy junction on a dual carriageway has been branded a “danger spot” after traffic lights were removed.
After receiving a £4 million government grant, contractors from Brighton and Hove City Council are making a raft of changes to Lewes Road, Brighton.
The work, which includes installing a cycle and bus lane, is intended to raise air quality and improve the area for residents.
However, some have complained the junction with Saunders Park View, which is used by those accessing the Pavilion Retail Park, has been left “unsafe” after traffic lights were removed.
Local councillors have branded the local authority “irresponsible” claiming temporary lights were promised but not installed.
However, a council spokesman said a temporary “give way” arrangement was the only way traffic could be kept moving.
Jeane Lepper, who represents Hollingdean and Stanmer, said: “At the best of times this is a very busy junction taking traffic to and from the retail park.
“This is in addition to cars going to houses on Saunders Park estate, the doctor’s surgery and to the church where there is a playgroup.
“I have contacted council transport officers who tell me that despite their earlier statement they will not be installing any temporary lights to help pedestrians here. This is really irresponsible.
“It is simply not good enough for officers to say that when the work is finished it will make the junction safer for pedestrians when, in the meantime, they have created a real danger spot by expecting those on foot to take a chance dodging between vehicles.”
The whole Lewes Road scheme is expected to be completed in December.
Installing new traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing with islands at the Saunders Park View crossing is expected to take up to eight weeks.
A council spokesman said there had been no reported accidents at the junction in the last week.
He added: “We would ask pedestrians to kindly bear with us while the works are ongoing.
“The current phase involves laying new cables underneath the road surface.
“But once this is complete we will be able to provide a temporary waiting area in the middle of the road to make crossing easier during the rest of the works.”
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