20 October 2021
Local residents have been frustrated with long queues and tail backs at the Cooksbridge rail crossing for months. Since lockdown as the trains were longer the closing time on the crossing got longer. Once lockdown was lifted the closing times seemed to get even longer, with cars queuing for much longer times, causing noise and air pollution just as the schools were going back.
After being approached by local residents to help, Zoe Nicholson, Leader of Lewes District Council, got in touch with Southern Rail who insisted they had made no further changes to the crossing times. Zoe says: “It's a bit of a mystery, the Air Quality team at the Council are in touch with local residents to see what else we can do, including adding improved signage to encourage people to switch off their engines, as the tail backs go right past Hamsey Primary School. Councils do have enforcement powers to issue penalty notices for idling, but mostly we want to remind people to switch off their engines and keep Cooksbridge air clean”.