A consultation has started on a series of proposals to make Commercial Square and South Road in Haywards Heath more attractive to visitors.
The proposed highway improvements aim to make the areas more accessible for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport and so encourage active/sustainable travel choices.
The South Road proposals are concentrated on the main town centre shops and interconnectivity with Victoria Park and its leisure and sports facilities. They include planting street trees along the road and improving entrances and boundaries to the park.
The South Road proposals also include measures to:
- deter through-traffic
- encourage the use of the Haywards Heath Relief Road, particularly for HGVs
- reducing the speed limit in South Road to 20mph
- building pedestrian crossings that are slightly raised from street level, to encourage vehicles to slow down for the ramp
- widening the footways that provide better connections to the town centre
- planting trees in the ground to replace those in plant boxes and to create a permanent green space
- choosing a consistent style and colour for street furniture (benches, barriers, bollards, litter bins etc) that are pleasing to the eye, helping to create a more visually appealing destination for locals and visitors alike
- consolidating all the signage
The Commercial Square proposals seek to support the Station Quarter and Waitrose Development by improving safety and convenience for pedestrians and cyclists.
The junction layout at the Commercial Square roundabout would be revised to improve cycling and walking facilities by:
- widening the footways and pedestrian refuges
- providing for shared footway / cycleway on the south side of Sydney Road and Market Place, including building a wider crossing of the Perrymount Road arm
- creating routes and guidance for cyclists and pedestrians that will help people find and make their way through the area more easily
- removing barriers (guard railing) around the junction where appropriate to reduce ‘street clutter’.
Joy Dennis, County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “Haywards Heath town centre has been identified as a priority area for investment and these proposals are underpinned by the West Sussex Transport Plan. They aim to create an even more attractive environment where residents and visitors alike are encouraged to visit, which would increase footfall and so help to improve commercial regeneration.
“There’s plenty, too, to encourage active/sustainable travel choices and I would urge people to please take part in the consultation.”