Release date: 19 August 2020
Construction work starts next week in Crawley on the third of seven temporary cycleway schemes in West Sussex.
Work is progressing well on the Chichester and Worthing cycleways, with the Chichester scheme nearing completion. Now, work will begin soon on the Three Bridges to Manor Royal, Crawley and Pound Hill to Crawley town centre cycleway.
The scheme will comprise:
A2220 Haslett Avenue: The scheme will provide continuity and protect the existing cycleway, linking the residential areas of Pound Hill, Three Bridges and Burley’s Wood to the town centre. Work here will start week commencing 24 August.
Hazelwick Avenue: Provision of protected on-carriageway cycle lanes connecting with the existing National Cycle Network 21 route. This will provide an alternative travel link to Manor Royal Business District, Crawley and Gatwick. Work here will start week commencing 31 August.
Construction is likely to take about three weeks to complete and will involve a combination of traffic segregation ‘wands’, road markings and signage.
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.
A county council spokesperson said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused during the works but our contractor will do all it can to minimise this as much as possible.
“The seven temporary cycleway schemes are trials, totalling 21km of new and improved cycle lanes paid for by the Government, that aim to redistribute road space and put cycling on a par with car traffic. This is an important step to encourage more active travel and less reliance on the car.
“Once built, the temporary cycleways will be closely monitored to ensure they are having a positive impact on local travel: this will include how well used they are by cyclists and any positive or negative impact on congestion, safety and air quality. Adjustments will be considered and, if the schemes do not work, then some or all may be removed.”
For more information, please see www.westsussex.gov.uk/popupcyclelanes
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....”