Traffic problems on A23 at Patcham predicted to ease with new line on parking

Posted On 30 Sep 2015 at 7:57 pm

One cause of traffic hold-ups on the A23 at Patcham has been removed with a clearer approach to parking.

Although the road is a clearway the markings – or lack of them – left drivers unclear about where they could legally park.

A23 Patcham looking north

Councillor Lee Wares said that the issue had been raised by residents so he took it up with the traffic and highways officers at Brighton and Hove City Council.

He said: “Legal but unclear road markings made it potentially confusing for those parking in London Road alongside Patcham Place to know where they could and could not park.

This led to fines being issued, dangerous pedestrian crossing points and congestion as vehicles had to navigate between traffic islands and parked vehicles.

A23 Patcham looking south

“With a little bit of thought and the spending of a relatively small amount of money redefining road markings, a huge difference to pedestrian safety and traffic flow can be achieved.

“Kerb space for parking wasn’t diminished and we didn’t have to introduce a controlled parking zone to fund it.

“As a gateway in and out of the city taking traffic from the A23 and A27, it is imperative that this junction is as clear as possible.

“Frequent inappropriate parking has seen large vehicles get stuck and traffic backing up as a consequence.

“Also, it never felt fair that fines were being issued to drivers who might have been unsure of where they could park. Now it is obvious.

“Pedestrian safety is also paramount and no longer will we have pedestrians having to dart between parked vehicles to cross this fast stretch of road.”

Fellow ward councillor Geoffrey Theobald, who leads the opposition Conservative group on the council, said: “This small but high impact project goes to demonstrate that low levels of investment on well thought out solutions can make a significant difference.

“If we could apply this approach across the city we could make such a positive difference to those that wish or need to drive while keeping pedestrians and other road users safe.”

  1. Clive Reply

    The reason the traffic backs up is the excessive amounts of traffic lights stopping the traffic moving into town.

  2. Owen Reply

    The reason the traffic backs up is that a three lane motor way and a two lane dual carriage way deposit traffic onto a one lane 4-5 mile road into town

  3. tony Reply

    I agree with both the comments above but that said the parking along this stretch of the road was in no means helping the flow. I would have said that it did slow things down more. It certainly is dangerous for large vehicles having to navigate between the bollard island and the parked vehicles (there have been collisions and this would slow the flow) especially after you are still in the mindset of driving at high speeds after leaving the dual carriageways.

    I would also like to see the bus lane in operation only during peak periods (as in London) so that come saturday morning the flow of traffic can be spread over 2 lanes whist maintaining that people needing to get to work by bus can still manage it.

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