Release date: 4 September 2020
Chichester’s Government-funded pop-up cycleway is open, Worthing’s is nearing completion, work has started on Crawley’s, and now Shoreham’s and East Grinstead’s are due to begin week commencing September 7.
Revised plans have also been published for the Horsham cycleway, with a start date to be confirmed as soon as possible.
Scheme maps and other information is available here: www.westsussex.gov.uk/popupcyclelanes
While cycleways are being constructed, road users are advised to please allow extra time for their journeys or, if possible, seek alternative routes while the works are ongoing as delays are likely.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused during the works but our contractor will do all it can to minimise this as much as possible.
Please note: the construction of the cycleways is using similar resources, so start dates for construction work are subject to possible change.
Chichester’s pop-up cycleway:
Chichester’s pop-up cycleway is now open. Roger Elkins, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “It’s good to see the Chichester pop-up cycleway open and being used.
“I urge any would-be cyclist to consider leaving the car at home and try it for themselves. Parents might consider using part of the route for their journeys to school.
“An important part of assessing the cycleway’s success will be to monitor usage: these are trial schemes, so if people want it to stay, please use it.”
People can tell us what they think of the Chichester cycleway scheme using this online survey: www.westsussex.gov.uk/eatfchichester
Worthing’s pop-up cycleway:
The Worthing pop-up cycleway scheme is nearing completion, with just the sections near Broadwater Green outstanding.
There is an issue on a short stretch of the northbound carriageway, alongside Broadwater Green, and caused by a few vehicles which have been parked there long-term. We have asked the owners to move these vehicles and we are looking into what action can be taken so we can complete the scheme.
Horsham’s revised scheme:
The Horsham scheme has been revised following discussions with Horsham District Council.
A 0.9km protected cycle lane will be provided along Albion Way the A281/B2237 Horsham Ring Road by reallocating lane one of the north/eastbound carriageway.
The northbound-only route will start on Albion Way just north of the Sainsbury’s roundabout and end at Madeira Avenue.
A proposed start date for the scheme will be published as soon as possible.
Here’s a reminder of why the cycleways are being introduced
The seven pop-up cycleways for West Sussex – funded by the Government – will create safe space for active travel and encourage people to cycle rather than use the car. They are an emergency response to increase travel options as part of the Government-led recovery plan from COVID-19.
As an emergency response, the Government required the seven trial schemes to be planned and installed within three months. Given the timeframe, we consulted key partners including district and borough councils, emergency services and bus operators. Normally schemes of this nature would take years to develop and be subject to various stages of public consultation that might last two or more months and involve exhibitions, etc. This was not possible given the timescale limitations required.
The cycleway routes are the result of collaborative work with the district and borough councils. Once fully installed and open, we will be encouraging would-be cyclists to experience the cycleways for themselves. This will be the chance for people to show how much they want the cycleway to stay.
The schemes will be closely monitored to see how well used they are and any positive or negative impacts on congestion, safety and air quality. Adjustments will be considered and, if any of them do not work, they may be removed.
Updates on the schemes will be available at www.westsussex.gov.uk/popupcyclelanes