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Phasing at junction of A27 and Coombes Road

Reported via desktop in the Traffic lights category anonymously at 16:01, Wednesday 18 November 2020

Sent to Highways England less than a minute later

Dear Sir/ Madam.

I know I won't be the only person writing to you about this, but the operation of the A27 Sussex Pad Traffic lights are causing long queues on the Coombes Road (up to 400m long at times with an exit time of up to 20mins to get onto the A27 in busy periods 0745 – 0830Hrs and 1730 – 1815Hrs).

I timed these lights while in the queue recently on Coombes Road, and they were red/amber for 2 minutes and 20 seconds and green for 7 seconds. Please can this be reviewed as a matter of urgency.

Furthermore, the right turn from the A27 onto the Coombes Road is only letting 3-4 cars through when it is busy and causing traffic to back up dangerously onto the A27 right hand lane.

Previously these lights have successfully been working on volume of traffic and not just timing (as they appear to be now). These traffic lights are currently encouraging drivers to become impatient and take risks on an already busy and dangerous junction.

Please could you look into this urgently as this feels increasingly like a serious accident waiting to happen.

Many thanks

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  • Thank you for taking the time to report the issues with the traffic lights on the A27, Shoreham Bypass and please accept our apologies for the recent inconvenience and tailbacks experienced.

    Engineers have attended and this week when faults were detected with repairs having been carried out. The lights are now performing to design and I trust you will notice an improve on future journeys.

    Thank you for your patience at this time.

    If you require any further update on this issue our Customer Contact Centre is available 24 hours a day at:

    • 0300 123 5000


    Kind regards Highways England

    Posted by Highways England at 15:39, Friday 20 November 2020

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