Traffic Study

Please find the consultation documents below as well as resident's site preferences:

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Why was this study undertaken?

The Study was undertaken for a number of reasons:-

  • Primarily, in pursuit of the aims of the Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Neighbourhood Plan “Both settlements are better connected to each other and to the wider area by dedicated cycle routes and improved local bus services” and “To encourage greater use of public transport, cycling and walking”
  • Recognising the increased volume of traffic, housing development and wider area road developments including the Haywards Heath relief road
  • Following up on calming measures undertaken following the WSCC / Frank Graham Study undertaken in 1996 and subsequent measures undertaken 

Q2: What brief was given to the consultatnt?

The Consultant was asked to review nine locations, reflecting the locations of previous traffic calming measures alongside locations where concerns had been voiced by residents, and to consider these in the light of the aims contained in the Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Village Plan.

Q3: How was the consultant selected?

A number of potential firms were asked to quote and three provided detailed quotes. The Council’s Planning & Traffic Committee reviewed those quotes and the selected firm was chosen as it appeared to represent appropriate value for money against the proposed brief.

Q5: Why has a 20 mph speed limit through Lindfield not been considered?

As mentioned in the Traffic Study, this option was considered however the level of additional signage likely to be required to make such a measure effective was considered to be visually intrusive and consequently inappropriate for Lindfield and its village setting.

Q6: Can other sites or schemes be considered?

At this time the nine sites detailed are being addressed as the highest priority. Other sites may be appropriate for consideration in due course having regard to likely support and further Traffic Studies to consider potential solutions and costs.

Q7: What are the next steps?

Following the Public Consultation, the Council will consider the level of support for the nine sites and will discuss further with West Sussex County Council (WSCC) as the highway authority. Funding is potentially available from contributions provided through Planning Agreements as part of local developments. Other possible sources will be discussed with WSCC Highways.

Q8: How is resident's feedback being collected and addressed?

Feedback will be sought through a survey form to be launched on the 13th January 2018 Public Consultation day and until closure of the consultation period on 10th February 2018. The form will also be available from the Parish Office and on the Council’s website during the consultation period. In order to effectively manage the anticipated level of feedback no other methods of feedback will be incorporated in the post consultation analysis.

Q9: Does the 1-9 listing of the proposed sites for improvement shown on the Consultation notice reflect a priority order?

No. It was simply a method of presenting the notice; the survey lists sites alphabetically.

Q11: Traffic Lights and mini roundabouts are often felt to be more appropriate in an urban or larger town setting than in Lindfield's High Street area, yet the High Street/Lewes Road solution proposes traffic lights.

The proposed traffic signals for High Street/ Lewes Road was one of a number of different possible options taken forward to help pedestrians, cyclists and traffic safely negotiate this junction. The visual impact of the signing for any junction control can be minimised through careful detailed design, but should not be the sole factor. Other factors will include the impact on traffic movement, constraints from site features and layout, collision history and cost. At present feedback is sought on this option before it is progressed.

Q12: A traffic light controlled pedestrian crossing would make crossing the road easier and safer

This comment has been made relating to a variety of different locations. There are a number of different crossing facilities that can help pedestrians cross the road and assist journeys on foot. These can include both informal (such as a refuge island or dropped kerbs) and formal signal crossings (such as zebra or puffin crossings). The decision to provide a formal crossing is based on a range of factors such as pedestrian demand, vehicle flow and speed, width of carriageway, approach visibility, impact on parking and existing driveways, collision history, cost and public opinion.

As with FAQ 11, alongside potential safety benefits, the balance between maintaining Lindfield’s Village feel against additional signage, lighting and related sounders requires careful consideration. At the present time, only the nine sites/schemes detailed are being considered in the consultation.

Q13: How will the final decision be made on works selected?

Decisions will be made reflecting the support for and against each proposal. Following that analysis, it may be that more detailed work is required alongside WSCC’s support and the availability of funding, to determine which, if any, proposals are implemented/p>

Q14: Will the most popular proposals be implemented first?

See Q13 - There are a number of factors at play and implementation will be affected accordingly.

Q15: Will responses to the consultation be published?

Personal details will not be published however the level of support for each site will be published following the consultation period.

Q16: Why are personal details required on the feedback form?

The Council seeks to obtain feedback from Lindfield residents and these details are sought with a view to underpinning that approach.