Pop-up cycle lanes

Information on pop-up cycle lane trial in West Sussex.

On 9 May 2020, the government outlined a £2 billion package to support active travel and help the country emerge from the coronavirus crisis.

The Emergency Active Travel Fund package included £225 million to enable local authorities to reallocate road space to walking and cycling, with pop-up cycle lanes and other temporary measures.

This aimed to:

  • support the re-opening of the economy
  • help lock-in some of the significant increase in active travel seen during the lockdown period
  • reduce pressures on public transport capacity following the introduction of social distancing measures.

When the temporary cycleways’ construction started, the country was just emerging from the national lockdown, which had started in March. However, since then, the Government has continued to provide additional funding for local public transport and capacity has significantly increased, so the pop-up cycle lanes are no longer needed for their original purpose.

On Tuesday 3 November 2020 the Cabinet Member for Highway and Transport proposed a decision to remove the pop-up cycle lanes. Following the required call in period the decision to remove the schemes in Crawley, East Grinstead, Horsham and Worthing was confirmed.

The decision relating to the Chichester and Shoreham schemes was called in for scrutiny by the Environment and Communities Select Committee on Wednesday 18 November. Subsequently, the decision to remove these schemes was also confirmed.

Schemes will be removed as quickly as possible and roads will be returned to their previous layout. Removal dates and further information can be found below. Removal costs will be funded by the Government.

Pop-up cycle lane schemes

The County Council was awarded £781,000 from Tranche 1 of the Emergency Active Travel Fund to allow implementation of seven new and improved pop-up cycle lane schemes, with an expectation that the facilities will be available for use by the end of September 2020.

The schemes were implemented as emergency measures using Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTROs). Accident and traffic flow data were used, along with automatic counting equipment, to help determine whether the schemes should be adjusted, removed or made permanent.

The following locations were selected from among over 250 suggestions submitted by district and borough councils, cycle forums, and residents. Each suggestion was scored against a range of criteria, including the availability of carriageway space, with the highest scoring schemes selected for the bid.

A286 Chichester ring road (2km)

  • Start point: St Richard’s Hospital, Spitalfield Lane
  • End point: Southgate
  • Details: Lane one of the dual carriageway sections reallocated to provide lightly segregated cycle lanes in each direction. The existing cycle lane on the Northgate Gyratory system to be widened and protected with light segregation. Cycle symbols to be applied to the carriageway where light segregation is not possible. Shared bus and cycle lanes to be provided on Avenue de Chartres. A 20mph speed limit will apply to the extent of the scheme.
  • Start date: W/C 27 July 2020
  • Completion date: 24 August 2020
  • Removal date: Removal of traffic wands and signs began during w/c 23 November and, weather permitting, should be completed by 11 December 2020. Lines will be masked and will be removed after Christmas when the original road layout will be reinstated.
  • A286 Chichester ring road scheme map (PDF, 5MB)

A259 Bognor Regis to Chichester (5km)

  • Start point: Babsham Lane, Bognor Regis
  • End point: A27, Chichester Bypass
  • Details: Vegetation clearance of the existing off-carriageway cycle track.
  • Start date: W/C 29 June 2020
  • Completion date: 10 July 2020

A24 Worthing (2.9km)

  • Start point: A27, Grove Lodge Roundabout
  • End point: Union Place
  • Details: Lane one of the dual carriageway reallocated to provide lightly segregated cycle lanes in each direction. A 20mph speed limit will also be introduced.
  • Start date: 10 August 2020
  • Completion date: 11 September 2020 (Broadwater Green section completed 23 September 2020)
  • Removal date: Removal of traffic wands and signs began during w/c 23 November and, weather permitting, should be completed by 11 December 2020. Lines will be masked and will be removed after Christmas when the original road layout will be reinstated.
  • A24 Worthing scheme map (PDF, 5.3MB)

Three Bridges to Manor Royal, Crawley (1) and Pound Hill to Crawley town centre (2) (4.5km)

  • Start point: Three Bridges Station (1)
  • End point: Crossing north of Bycroft Way
  • Details: Protected on-carriageway cycle lanes will be provided on Hazelwick Avenue, connecting with the existing National Cycle Network 21 route.
  • Start date: W/C 24 August 2020
  • Completion date: 14 September 2020
  • Removal date: Removal of traffic wands and signs will commence in early December and, weather permitting, should be completed by 11 December 2020. Lines will be masked and will be removed after Christmas when the original road layout will be reinstated.
  • Three Bridges Station to Bycroft Way scheme map (PDF, 2.4MB)
  • Start point: Balcombe Road (2)
  • End point: Southgate Avenue
  • Details: Protected on-carriageway cycle lanes will be provided on Haslett Avenue to complete missing links on the existing route.
  • Start date: W/C 31 August 2020
  • Completion date: 14 September 2020
  • Removal date: Removal of traffic wands and signs will commence in early December and, weather permitting, should be completed by 11 December 2020. Lines will be masked and will be removed after Christmas when the original road layout will be reinstated.
  • Balcombe Road to Southgate Avenue scheme map (PDF, 1.9MB)

Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham (2.7km)

  • Start point: A283
  • End point: Holmbush roundabout
  • Details: Light segregation using traffic delineator posts will be provided on Upper Shoreham Road. The minimum width of the cycle lane will be 1.5m, although may be wider where road space allows.
  • Start date: W/C 7 September 2020
  • Completion date: 25 September 2020
  • Removal date: To be confirmed
  • Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham scheme map (PDF, 4.6MB)

A281/B2237 Horsham Ring Road (0.9km)

  • Start point: B2237, Worthing Road (0.9km)
  • End point: Madeira Avenue
  • Details: A protected cycle lane will be provided by reallocating lane one of the north/eastbound carriageway.
  • Start date: W/C 14 September 2020
  • Completion date: 25 September 2020
  • Removal date: Removal of traffic wands and signs began during w/c 23 November and, weather permitting, should be completed by 11 December 2020. Lines will be masked and will be removed after Christmas when the original road layout will be reinstated.
  • A281/B2237 Horsham Ring Road scheme map (PDF, 2.7MB)

A22 East Grinstead (1.7km)

  • Start point: County boundary with Surrey
  • End point: Maypole Road
  • Details: Light segregation will be added to the existing cycle lane on London Road. The northern end of the lane will be extended to Felbridge. At the southern end, the lane will be extended to Maypole Road to facilitate connection with the town centre via quieter roads and NCN21.
  • Start date: W/C 7 September 2020
  • Completion date: 15 September 2020
  • Removal date: Removal of traffic wands and signs will commence in early December and, weather permitting, should be completed by 11 December 2020. Lines will be masked and will be removed after Christmas when the original road layout will be reinstated.
  • A22 East Grinstead scheme maps (PDF, 2.7MB)

Emergency Active Travel Fund Tranche 2

In August 2020 the County Council submitted a £4.7 million bid to Tranche 2 of the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel Fund having been initially allocated £3.1 million. The Department for Transport recently awarded the County Council £2.35m and further details about the elements of our bid to be progressed will appear here in due course.

The Government is allowing significantly more time for Tranche 2 schemes to be delivered than the 12-week deadline it set for Tranche 1. This will enable the County Council to follow the usual consultation process for permanent schemes. However, COVID-19 restrictions may mean that consultation is predominantly online and that public exhibitions are not possible.

The County Council will submit a consultation plan to the Department for Transport prior to funding being released.

 
Last updated:
26 November 2020
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