2 pedestrian crossings at the junction where Alfriston Road meets the A259 in Seaford are an accident waiting to happen.
It is good that crossings are in place to help pedestrians cross these busy roads. But there is a risk that even a careful driver could injure a pedestrian due to their poorly implemented location.
1. Crossing on the A259 to the East of the Roundabout
When you drive up to the roundabout from direction of Eastbourne heading for the centre of Seaford, you have to look right to check whether traffic is coming onto the roundabout from Alfriston Road. Having spotted a gap in the traffic, you then accelerate onto the roundabout.
The problem is that immediately at the roundabout exit in front of you there is a pedestrian crossing. So if in the meantime someone has stepped onto the crossing, you are now accelerating towards them. This does not give you much time to brake to avoid them.
Safety could be improved if this crossing were moved a few feet further down the road in the direction of Seaford.
2. Crossing In Alfriston Road
There is a similar problem if you drive from the centre of Seaford and want to turn left into Alfriston Road. Having focussed your attention to the right to check for a gap, you then turn left at a sharp 90 degree angle with no visibility of what is round the corner … and are immediately confronted with a pedestrian crossing.
When I took the photos for this blog post, I crossed back towards the Downs Leisure Centre using this crossing and, as if to prove my point, a van that had just come round the corner from Seaford had to brake sharply in order not to run me over.
Moving this crossing a few feet further into Alfriston Road could improve safety for pedestrians.
How Far Should the Crossings Be Moved?
Not far. There is a balance to be struck here: if you move the crossings too far down the road, some people may be too lazy to walk that far and will nip across in front of traffic at the roundabout. Too close to the roundabout, as is currently the case, and you are inviting an accident.
Perhaps about 15 feet would be a sensible distance to move these crossings: close enough that people will still use them but far enough away to give drivers a chance to react to and stop for pedestrians wishing to cross the road.