About active travel
Active travel is using physically active means for your everyday journeys, such as walking or scooting to school and cycling to shops. Advantages to active travel include increased fitness, cheaper journeys and environmental benefits.
Improving active travel in West Sussex
We have secured £2.35 million in funding from phase 2 of the Department for Transport's Active Travel Fund (ATF). We will use this to deliver on our priority to improve active travel choices with permanent walking and cycling improvements across the county.
The schemes we're developing are not just about improving safety - they will also be designed to make our local areas better, healthier and greener places for people to be. An essential part of the process is to properly consult with residents, businesses and other interested parties about the plans. These are due to be delivered in the 2021-2022 financial year.
Our active travel improvements aim to:
- make walking and cycling to work, education and leisure activities more attractive
- improve health and wellbeing by offering eco-friendly travel choices
- broaden travel choices by offering safe, quick and easy walking and cycling options, particularly for short journeys
- support zero emission journeys and reduce reliance on car travel.
Any improvements should support journeys to and from school, commuting and shopping trips, as laid out in Adur and Worthing Council's Local Walking and Cycling Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). The potential improvements that could be considered include the following:
Upper Shoreham Road
- Segregated cycleways.
- Improved crossing points.
Eastern Avenue and Middle Road
- Low speed zones.
- Provision of a mixed traffic environment.
- Traffic management measures.
- Reallocation of highway spaces (including verges) - widening some areas (for example, footpaths) and narrowing others (such as roads or verges).
A283, near the junction with Upper Shoreham Road
- Permanent signalised crossing improvement to connect the Downs Link with St Nicholas Lane.
Between 8-26 March 2021, we undertook an initial public engagement exercise. After this, progressing improvements is subject to full consultation so that plans can be submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) in a bid for funding later in 2021.
The A259 from Shoreham towards Brighton has also been identified within the LCWIP as being a priority cycling route, but falls outside of the focus of the ATF. We are, however, working with Brighton and Hove City Council towards a segregated cycle facility along the south side of the road to connect Adur Ferry Bridge with Brighton and Hove. This is a longer term project subject to:
- release of land from redevelopment sites
- scheme prioritisation
- securing funding
- development of designs
- consultation with the community.
A24 Findon Valley to Findon Village
The A24 is an identified priority in the West Sussex Walking and Cycling Strategy 2016-2026. This scheme would provide a new 2km, off-carriageway shared cycle and footway alongside the A24, connecting the South Downs National Park gateway of Findon Village with Findon Valley. The existing cycle network provides onward connection to Worthing.
An initial public consultation exercise for this scheme will take place later in 2021.
'School gate' travel improvement programme, including Bikeability training
These proposed improvements will help to reduce reliance on cars, protect school bus travel and promote active travel. These include:
- a new Toucan crossing on the A283 in Shoreham to support active travel journeys to and from Sir Robert Woodard Academy (see our Shoreham-by-Sea proposals above)
- a new signalised crossing adjacent to The Gatwick School, Gatwick Road, Crawley
- upgrading the signalised crossing on B2116 Keymer Road, Hassocks to a Toucan crossing and providing a shared cycleway footway on Dale Avenue to support active travel to Downlands School
- safety training for students who missed out on training during lockdowns via Bikeability courses
- targeted one-to-one training for adults wanting to improve their cycling confidence.
Active Travel Improvements Programme
These proposed small-scale infrastructure improvements will support active travel choices for a range of journeys:
- A contraflow cycling scheme in Cross Street, Worthing.
- A contraflow cycling scheme in River Road, Littlehampton.
- a new Toucan crossing on the A259 between Bognor Regis and Chichester in place of the existing pedestrian refuge southeast of Drayton Lane. Scope to undertake localised widening at key points on the existing shared cycleway/footway will also be investigated.
Have your say
Engagement exercises and consultation about different elements of these plans is underway and will continue in the coming months.
Your feedback on all of the schemes will be vital in shaping how the proposals develop ahead of full consultation later in the year.
View all current consultations and provide comments through the Highways, Transport and Planning Engagement Hub.Highways, Transport and Planning Engagement Hub (external link)
A summary consultation plan has been submitted to the DfT - see the supporting document below. A more detailed plan will be published shortly.