Is clutter a major hazard on the A286?

A286 'clutter' PICTURES BY JOHN TRUEMAN SUS-140209-143934001
A286 'clutter' PICTURES BY JOHN TRUEMAN SUS-140209-143934001

CONCERNS are growing about signs along the A286 ‘cluttering’ the road and causing a driving hazard.

Resident John Trueman has voiced fears that signs for public events are worsening what is already an accident ‘black spot’.

A286 'clutter' PICTURES BY JOHN TRUEMAN SUS-140209-143924001

A286 'clutter' PICTURES BY JOHN TRUEMAN SUS-140209-143924001

“The stretch of road between Cocking and West Lavington – already a black spot – is now especially dangerous through sign clutter,” he said.

“Advertising signs on the roadside verges, at this time of year when there are so many events, are a huge distraction to 
motorists who find this bit of straight road a temptation to speed.

“It’s an accident waiting to happen.

“I did a survey of the signage problem between the Greyhound Pub and the turn-off to Heyshott and Graffham.

A286 'clutter' PICTURES BY JOHN TRUEMAN SUS-140209-143914001

A286 'clutter' PICTURES BY JOHN TRUEMAN SUS-140209-143914001

“Most of the time there was a continuous stream of traffic. I was amazed at just how busy the Graffham road was.”

Mr Trueman said the addition of polo lorries to Ambersham, and cycling events, were becoming an increasing worry.

He added: “There are also signs for out-of-area events. Add to this signage partly covered with undergrowth, making them difficult to read, and you have a confusing medley of instructions.

“Cars, some doing an estimated 70-80mph, speed along Cocking Causeway.

“Lorries, cars and cyclists don’t mix. Dangerous mayhem could ensue.”