The Local Transport Plan sets out how East Sussex County Council will plan and provide transport for residents, businesses and visitors.
The County Council are currently inviting comments on the draft Plan and they have organised a series of drop-in meetings.
They will be in Crowborough Library on two dates – Saturday 20th January (10am till 3pm) & Tuesday 6th February (11am till 3pm).
For more information please visit the LTP4 webpage. The consultation closes on 25th February 2024.
The County Council are to be congratulated for proposing an inclusive Transport Plan that seeks to decarbonise transport and travel, enhance our local environment, support sustainable economic growth, strengthen the resilience of transports systems and support healthier lifestyles, including active travel – walking and cycling instead of using vehicles. New walking and cycling routes are proposed and there is support for the reconnection of Uckfield Railway with the south.
However, the document could be strengthened further. There is no mention of traffic calming, for instance, which is critical for promoting active travel.
GTC would like to encourage its members and supporters to:
- Attend one of the consultation sessions
- Submit individual responses to the consultation
- Help to shape the submission that will be made by the GTC Energy & Transport Group. Let us hear about your views (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please encourage the Council to be ambitious.
Some thoughts on 20’s Plenty for the Local Transport Plan consultation
In your response you might want to include something about our campaign to see 20mph as the default speed limit.
You might want to use something like the following text:
I would like to see 20mph as the default speed limit in areas of East Sussex where people live, work, shop, learn and play. This would include every village, town and community within East Sussex. I support the national campaign 20’s Plenty.
Lowering vehicle speeds is key to promoting ‘Active Travel’ – making it easier and safer for people (including school pupils) to walk, cycle and use public transport, creating a greener Crowborough for everyone.
The benefits of 20mph limits include:
- Reduced injuries and fatalities
- Safer space for active travel
- Reduced carbon and pollution
- Promoting community interaction
- Reduced noise and better, kinder streets
The Plan acknowledges that East Sussex has higher accident rates than the national average. Since 2000, Sussex Police have attended nearly 700 recorded road traffic accidents in Crowborough. This includes five fatalities, but it excludes multiple other minor incidents where the police weren’t involved.
A person is five times more likely to die if hit by a car at 30mph than at 20mph.