Crash minutes before speed reduction meeting at Heron’s Ghyll


Yesterday lunchtime there was a crash involving a motorcyclist at Heron’s Ghyll on the A26 between Crowborough and Uckfield.

Bike-heron's-GhyllFortunately the motorcyclist only suffered minor injuries in the collision with the Ford Fiesta outside Temple Grove.   The driver was unhurt.  The road was partially closed to traffic for around two hours.

Ironically the crash occurred just minutes before representatives of the ’40@HeronsGhyll’ campaign were to meet with Highways Officers from East Sussex County Council to discuss the introduction of a 40mph limit.

Brendan Clegg, campaign organiser said:

Though our case for a speed reduction here has already been accepted by the council, this further unfortunate accident underlined the need for a speed reduction through this treacherous series of bends.

During the meeting the fine detail of a scheme to introduce a 40mph limit at Herons Ghyll was discussed and the campaign was pleased to receive confirmation that the works will be carried out in June this year together with resurfacing of the road.

We hope that drivers will respect the new limit and help improve the accident record – in recent years there has been 11 fatalities and many tens of people injured on this stretch of road.

East Sussex Road Safety Team are planning to reduce parts of the existing 50mph speed limit in Heron’s Ghyll to 40mph.  It is proposed the existing 60mph between Hendall and Five Ash Down will be reduced to 50mph, as will the 60 mph stretch through Poundgate.

 You might also be interested in reading the following article: Making Our Road Safer.


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  1. This new speed limit, although not the crash, is excellent news. Let’s hope that we can have an incident free summer on that stretch of the A26 once these much needed new speed limits have been introduced.

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