Does Crawley have the worst placed lampposts in the UK?

DM16121066a.jpg Safety concerns over lampposts on narrow footpath in Three Bridges. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160106-181633008
DM16121066a.jpg Safety concerns over lampposts on narrow footpath in Three Bridges. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160106-181633008

A Crawley man says commuters are stepping on to a busy road at rushhour to avoid lampposts which have been placed on a narrow footpath.

Paul Bridges, 58, said the fixtures under the bridge in Haslett Avenue East next to Three Bridges railway station could be the worst positioned in the UK.

Mr Bridges, of Pound Hill, said: “It looks ridiculous.

“I’ve lived here all my life and that’s the worst lamppost position that I can even think of.

“It’s very dangerous - especially at rushhour, I’ve seen several people have to step out into the road.”

Mr Bridges raised concerns after he saw a woman forced to go into the road yesterday (Tuesday May 31).

The three ‘horrible’ green posts had replaced overhead lighting and made the path just a metre wide, said Mr Bridges, who goes past them by car, foot or bicycle almost daily.

“It looks like they’ve always been there and someone’s built a bridge on the top of them,” he said.

“During the rushhour it’s absolute murder down there.

“You get all the commuters coming in, everybody heading towards Three Bridges station in the morning - it’s a narrow path anyway - you can’t get two people across it.”

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said today: “Previously there were wall mounted units under the railway bridge. Columns were installed to lessen road disruption on maintenance visits and repairs. Contractor SSE is going to inspect the site tomorrow to check the pavement clearances have been carried out.”

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