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Restrictions should cut down on rat-running in newly opened Hove road

The Argus: Wilbury Villas closed for 18 months Wilbury Villas closed for 18 months

A councillor is hopeful that a road will not be used as a rat run when it reopens this summer.

Wilbury Villas in Hove was closed 18 months ago due to safety fears about a railway bridge.

The bridge is due to reopen in the middle of June following £100,000 of improvements by Network Rail.

Brighton and Hove City Council will now carry out width restriction work likely to cost about £40,000 to prevent heavy goods vehicles from travelling over the bridge.

Local Green councillor Ruth Buckley said she hoped that residents would see fewer vehicles use the route than they did prior to its closure.

She said: “I think it will be very difficult for people who have moved into the area in the last 18 months who have never known the bridge to be open and will not have been used to the volume of traffic that uses it as a rat run.

“Hopefully with the restrictions in place, lorries and vans won't be able to use the bridge and the improvements to the lights at the junction with The Drive which has already improved congestion will mean the road will be quieter when it reopens.”

A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman said a re-opening in June will be dependent on any objections raised for the new traffic regulation order.

He added: “We're currently working on the design of the traffic measures required by Network Rail to restrict access across the bridge by certain vehicles.

“The plan is currently to install a central island to reduce the road width as well as cycle lanes. “

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7:03am Thu 17 Apr 14

rayellerton says...

I detest the term rat run...if a road is there then surely we should be free to use it? If it is in a quiet residential area or has schools the signage and speed bumps should be used but it is wrong to deny people the option to plan their own driving route...
I detest the term rat run...if a road is there then surely we should be free to use it? If it is in a quiet residential area or has schools the signage and speed bumps should be used but it is wrong to deny people the option to plan their own driving route... rayellerton
  • Score: 28

8:32am Thu 17 Apr 14

IratusFurcifer says...

You are free to use it unless you are an oversized vehicle.
No ones stopping you from planning your own route.
You are free to use it unless you are an oversized vehicle. No ones stopping you from planning your own route. IratusFurcifer
  • Score: 5

8:33am Thu 17 Apr 14

paddytag says...

I bet they wouldn't be installing these measures if the average house price of the area was a lot lower.
I bet they wouldn't be installing these measures if the average house price of the area was a lot lower. paddytag
  • Score: 7

8:44am Thu 17 Apr 14

Quiterie says...

A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman said “we're currently working on the design of the traffic measures" .......

...... so you couldn't have done that over the last 18 months that the bridge has been closed then?
A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman said “we're currently working on the design of the traffic measures" ....... ...... so you couldn't have done that over the last 18 months that the bridge has been closed then? Quiterie
  • Score: 22

11:38am Thu 17 Apr 14

paul76 says...

A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman said a re-opening in June will be dependent on any objections raised for the new traffic regulation order.

He added: “We're currently working on the design of the traffic measures required by Network Rail to restrict access across the bridge by certain vehicles.

“The plan is currently to install a central island to reduce the road width as well as cycle lanes. “

So it's ok for bikes to use the road as a "rat run" but not cars then? And why a cycle lane? There is one in the road parallel, The Drive.

If the traffic lights at the junction of Cromwell Road and The Drive let a decent amount of cars turn right into The Drive, then people wouldn't need to take the shortcut.
A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman said a re-opening in June will be dependent on any objections raised for the new traffic regulation order. He added: “We're currently working on the design of the traffic measures required by Network Rail to restrict access across the bridge by certain vehicles. “The plan is currently to install a central island to reduce the road width as well as cycle lanes. “ So it's ok for bikes to use the road as a "rat run" but not cars then? And why a cycle lane? There is one in the road parallel, The Drive. If the traffic lights at the junction of Cromwell Road and The Drive let a decent amount of cars turn right into The Drive, then people wouldn't need to take the shortcut. paul76
  • Score: 3

1:47pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Cyril Bolleaux says...

Green Councillor Ruth Buckley says "...... and the improvements to the lights at the junction with The Drive which has already improved congestion".

If by "improved" she means the congestion is worse she is correct. Every morning and evening traffic is solid between Cromwell Road and the Old Shoreham. I can guarantee people will use the bridge as a short cut.
Green Councillor Ruth Buckley says "...... and the improvements to the lights at the junction with The Drive which has already improved congestion". If by "improved" she means the congestion is worse she is correct. Every morning and evening traffic is solid between Cromwell Road and the Old Shoreham. I can guarantee people will use the bridge as a short cut. Cyril Bolleaux
  • Score: 5

4:47pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Cycling commuter says...

paul76 wrote:
A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman said a re-opening in June will be dependent on any objections raised for the new traffic regulation order.

He added: “We're currently working on the design of the traffic measures required by Network Rail to restrict access across the bridge by certain vehicles.

“The plan is currently to install a central island to reduce the road width as well as cycle lanes. “

So it's ok for bikes to use the road as a "rat run" but not cars then? And why a cycle lane? There is one in the road parallel, The Drive.

If the traffic lights at the junction of Cromwell Road and The Drive let a decent amount of cars turn right into The Drive, then people wouldn't need to take the shortcut.
It's to stop hgv's not cars! And using your logic why do cars need this road when there are hundreds that run parallel?
[quote][p][bold]paul76[/bold] wrote: A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman said a re-opening in June will be dependent on any objections raised for the new traffic regulation order. He added: “We're currently working on the design of the traffic measures required by Network Rail to restrict access across the bridge by certain vehicles. “The plan is currently to install a central island to reduce the road width as well as cycle lanes. “ So it's ok for bikes to use the road as a "rat run" but not cars then? And why a cycle lane? There is one in the road parallel, The Drive. If the traffic lights at the junction of Cromwell Road and The Drive let a decent amount of cars turn right into The Drive, then people wouldn't need to take the shortcut.[/p][/quote]It's to stop hgv's not cars! And using your logic why do cars need this road when there are hundreds that run parallel? Cycling commuter
  • Score: -1

10:15pm Fri 18 Apr 14

ghost bus driver says...

Can't we improve the road by dropping the entire Green transport committee off the bridge and under a train?
Can't we improve the road by dropping the entire Green transport committee off the bridge and under a train? ghost bus driver
  • Score: 0

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