Traffic trouble in Shoreham to be explored

Traffic congestion in the Shoreham area is getting worse, according to the Shoreham Society
Traffic congestion in the Shoreham area is getting worse, according to the Shoreham Society

TRAFFIC congestion in the Shoreham area is to be discussed at a public meeting.

A West Sussex highways officer will give details of a current study into the area’s traffic problems, which could have a big impact on future developments.

The Shoreham Society meeting on Monday will discuss how the council’s study could affect future planning decisions, including controversial supermarket plans on the A259 Brighton Road.

Executive committee member Ray Chandler said: “At an earlier society meeting, Morrisons’ senior executive David Bevan said the company would drop its plan for the Frosts car showroom site, if the local council concluded it would cause insurmountable traffic and pollution problems.

“Road congestion and associated air pollution are among the issues most often raised with the Shoreham Society by local residents.

“Morrisons has said they expect at least 3,000 cars to use their proposed store’s car park every day - considerably more at weekends.”

The society has challenged the firm to show how the extra traffic will be managed, especially, it says, as air quality in Shoreham High Street is already worse than UN pollution standards.

The meeting at St Peter’s Church hall, which will also look at other local traffic concerns, will start at 7.30pm.

It follows another public meeting at 6pm, also called by the Shoreham Society, to discuss a possible campaign to open up the subway at Shoreham railway station from the street, allowing non-railway-users to cross when the gates are closed.

The Herald reported last week that efforts by society members have been stepped up following a recent meeting between MP Tim Loughton and railway officials about long delays at level crossings, including Buckingham Road and Eastern Avenue.

Adrian Towler, editor of the society’s Journal, said: “We in the Shoreham Society fear that nothing will happen and that the gates will continue to be shut for eight minutes or more at a time.

“It may indeed by necessary for safety reasons.We feel a better solution is to get the pedestiran subway open again.”

The meeting is designed to assess the amount of public support for the project, with a view to launching a campaign if there is enough backing.

More details about both meetings are on the events and news pages of the society website