New pedestrian crossing on The Ridge

Local people are able to cross a busy road more safely following the recent completion of a new pedestrian crossing on The Ridge.

East Sussex Highways installed the pedestrian crossing to the south of the junction with Chowns Hill, providing safer and easier access to St Helen’s church, Hastings Court Oakland Care Home, Hastings Cemetery, and local bus stops.

Although the scheme was approved in September 2019 following a local consultation earlier that year, the coronavirus pandemic delayed the project.

Construction was allowed to start in January this year and the crossing was completed in April.

Councillor Claire Dowling, Lead Member for Transport and Environment for East Sussex County Council, said: “I am delighted this pedestrian crossing has been successfully completed following an unavoidable delay due to the pandemic.

“The consultation showed strong support for the scheme and the new crossing will make a big difference to improving safety for residents and visitors wishing to cross this very busy road.”

As well as the new puffin crossing, the project included the installation of new street lights on the approach to the crossing, the relocation of a bus stop to improve visibility of the crossing to drivers, the introduction of a dropped kerb to allow off street parking at St Helen’s church, and new road markings and signs.

Funding from the Local Growth Fund for a range of walking, cycling and public transport initiatives in Hastings and Bexhill made the provision of a new pedestrian crossing possible as part of several improvements across the two towns.

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