Release date: 24 August 2020
Following discussions with Adur District Council, the Shoreham temporary cycleway scheme has been amended.
The proposed cycleway section east of the Holmbush roundabout, on the A270, Old Shoreham Road, has now been removed from the scheme: the rest of the cycleway, proposed as part of emergency measures in the COVID-19 crisis, will be constructed. Work is due to start week commencing 31 August (subject to factors, such as extreme weather).
Adur District Council supports the idea of a cycleway on the Old Shoreham Road but was not in favour of the proposed bus/cycle lane on the eastern section.
A West Sussex County Council spokesperson said: “Brighton and Hove City Council is considering a scheme that could link to ours, on the A270, as part of its Tranche Two bid to the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel Fund. It therefore makes sense not to implement the eastern section on the A270 now but to consider it as part of Tranche Two, or further bidding rounds, working with Brighton and Hove City Council.
“It should be emphasised that there is no certainty the Tranche Two bids will be successful. However, if they are, and following further consultations with stakeholders, the potential is there to create a route along the A270 to Brighton city centre.”
The revised, illustrative map for the Shoreham temporary cycleway scheme will be published here www.westsussex.gov.uk/popupcyclelanes
Please note: As with all seven temporary cycleway schemes, adjustments will continue to be made, if necessary, before, during and after construction.
We continue to work collaboratively with other stakeholders, including the emergency services, bus and utility companies.
During the Shoreham scheme, a utility company will also be carrying out essential work on the A270. We will try to minimise the overall duration of inconvenience as much as possible and will share the roadspace with the gas company, while ensuring we are not working in the exact same location simultaneously.
The Government is encouraging councils to create safe spaces to help sustainable travel, building on the significant increase in active travel seen during lockdown.
Once open, the Shoreham scheme will be closely monitored to see how well used it is and any positive or negative impact on congestion, safety and air quality.
As with the other six schemes in West Sussex, adjustments will be considered and, if it does not work, it may be removed.
Notes to editors:
Statutory Guidance issued by Department for Transport on 23 May, directed councils to introduce these measures. Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, said at the time: “The Government therefore expects local authorities to make significant changes to their road layouts to give more space to cyclists and pedestrians. Such changes will help embed altered behaviours and demonstrate the positive effects of active travel....”