Barriers tackle traffic in narrow Alfriston High Street

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Three water-filled barriers are to be placed in a narrow village high street in Sussex to stop drivers squeezing past other vehicles.

East Sussex County Council will put the barriers in place in the narrowest part of Alfriston High Street on Monday.

A statement said: "These barriers are intended to encourage drivers to give way to oncoming traffic and deter them from mounting the pavement."

Extra Give Way signs are also being installed, with road markings.

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Barriers 'on trial basis'

The local authority said it had been working with campaigners and the parish council to identify solutions to problems caused by traffic in the village.

It said up to 4,500 vehicles could use the high street over 24 hours.

Residents had raised concerns about vehicles mounting the kerbs, damaging pavements and medieval buildings, and endangering pedestrians.

The statement added: "There have been many reports of 'near-misses' involving pedestrians."

The temporary barriers are being introduced on a trial basis and could be replaced by planters if they are a success, the council said.

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