Active Travel Fund projects

Our plans to improve walking and cycling opportunities across the county.

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 except Shoreham, which will subject to a future bid to the Department for Transport’s Active Travel Fund.

Our aims

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.

Our proposals


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).

Between 8-26 March 2021, the County Council undertook an initial public engagement exercise and feedback we received informed the development of the proposals.

The council developed these ideas and consulted customers and stakeholders during July 2021 regarding the following potential schemes:

Upper Shoreham Road

  • Options for segregated cycleways.
  • Improved crossing points.

The council also sought views on potential schemes to be developed as follows:

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).

There were more than 1,600 responses to the consultation and the full report, along with the County Council’s response, is available on the Shoreham-by-Sea engagement page.

A283, near the junction with Upper Shoreham Road

  • Permanent signalised crossing improvement to connect the Downs Link with St Nicholas Lane to be delivered during the current financial year 2021-2022. The crossing was subject to a separate consultation exercise that will commence between 19 July and 15 August 2021 (see below).

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 seeks to 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.

The A24 Findon Valley to Findon Village proposals were the subject of a public engagement exercise between 19 July and 15 August 2021. We received 685 responses - including online questionnaires, emails and letters. A detailed report can be viewed on the A24 Findon Valley engagement page.

At a meeting on 16 November 2021, the local MPs, West Sussex County Councillors, Arun District Councillors, and Worthing Borough Councillors agreed that the southern section of the route within Cissbury Division should be diverted away from the A24 and continue on-carriageway via May Tree Avenue and Lime Tree Avenue.

The revised proposals are available to view on the A24 Findon Valley engagement web page. Subject to approval by the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport the revised scheme will be constructed during the financial year 2022/23.

'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.

The School Gate and the Active Travel Improvements programme proposals were the subject of a public engagement exercise between 19 July and 15 August 2021. A detailed report can be viewed on the School Gates and Active Travel Programme engagement page. These schemes are planned for implementation during the financial year 2022/23.

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.

Supporting documents

Last updated:
15 December 2021
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