Market day chaos

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Backed up traffic

Noon, Thursday September 9. Traffic queues extend in all directions around Rye because of road works at Skinners roundabout on the Kent side of town – and no-one seems to know who is to blame.

The cause of the problem – one small hole guarded by a complicated 3-way traffic light system (all showing red as this photo was taken) and not a workman in sight while the traffic queue stretches back over the railway bridge

Over the summer months Highways England have been doing drainage work at various points on the A259, including Rye, but these have sometimes been overnight so disruption has been limited.

However traffic queues extended today Thursday, Rye’s market day, back into Rye town centre and past the bus stops towards the station as a result of the latest disruption. There are traffic lights and a hole in the ground and although there was no signage to say who was responsible for the works, Rye News understands it is in fact UK Power Networks. At the time we visited there was no work going on and no sign of any work about to start.

Traffic queues extended up Rye Hill towards the hospital, out over the river towards the Camber turning, and right around South Undercliff – with the queue back from the station nearly joining it there to encircle Rye in a complete traffic jam.

The bus company, First, were apparently in touch with Highways England to sort out who was in charge and responsible – but, in the meantime, possibly the last day of summer was just one long frustrating traffic queue.

Image Credits: John Minter .

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