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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 June, 2004, 10:42 GMT 11:42 UK
Road closed to stop 'boy racers'
Madeira Drive, Brighton
The road will be shut for the next four weekends
An East Sussex road, which is used as race-strip by drivers, will be shut every Friday and Saturday night to try and stop the dangerous practice.

Madeira Drive, in Brighton, has been the scene of over 60 accidents - some of which resulted in serious injuries and even fatalities.

Since September the road has been closed on an ad hoc basis for 12 hours at a time to keep the racers out.

For the next four weeks it will be shut every weekend to see if the races stop.

Permanent solution

A spokesman Brighton and Hove City Council said closing the road would also give them the opportunity to look for a permanent solution.

One measure being considered is a chicane of speed restriction devices so drivers have to weave their way through.

Gill Mitchell, chair of the council's environment committee, said: ""The ad hoc road closures have reduced the risks caused by informal car cruising events, which has led to speeding on Madeira Drive.

"We are taking safety on this historic road extremely seriously.

"Currently we enjoy many excellent organised events involving vehicles on Madeira Drive, but unauthorised cruising makes it dangerous and unpleasant for other road users."

Emergency service vehicles, taxis, cyclists and pedestrians will be able to access the road.




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