Urgent action called to re-set Midhurst pedestrian crossings

Traffic built up when the lights were being upgraded
Traffic built up when the lights were being upgraded

URGENT action is being called to re-set the timing of the new pedestrian crossings in Midhurst’s North Street as traffic tail backs continue to cause frustration.

Town councillors first raised the issue a month ago shortly after the crossings were upgraded.

Colin Hughes told fellow councillors something needed to be done as the lights were having a ‘cataclysmic’ effect on traffic. Particularly coming from the Petworth direction, they were so sensitive to pedestrians that there would be hold ups through Easebourne.

On Monday the Rev David Coote said the matter now needed urgent attention as businesses in Midhurst were being affected: “The town’s economy is a concern,” he told fellow councillors, “I have been told by people in Lodsworth they are no longer coming to Midhurst to shop because of the problem.”

Chairman of the council John Etherington said he too was concerned: “I have heard a lot of people from the Petworth direction are not coming into the town,” he said.

West Sussex county councillor Gordon McAra said: “I’ve now had a response from highways. The lights have been adjusted so we need to monitor how well they work.”