The C7 Project: how to improve a winding, badly maintained, busy and dangerous rural road.
Those of us who rely on the C7 know only too well how dangerous it is. With its many blind bends, hazardous junctions, and speed limits of 40 – 50 mph, it is used by around 10,000 vehicles per day. Located within the South Downs National Park, and designated as a country road, it is also used extensively by cyclists, as well as by walkers and sometimes horse riders. Most of us who use this road regularly can describe the many accidents, incidents and frightening near misses we have experienced on the C7.
The ongoing concerns voiced by local residents, cycling and equestrian groups, have led communities along the route of the C7 to join together to seek to develop a strategy to reduce speeds, to increase safety, conserve the rural nature of the road, and to encourage traffic to use the parallel A26 trunk road, which – unlike the C7 – was upgraded in the 1970s to deliver fast access between the A27 and the coast.
This initiative is called the Safer C7 Project.