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A259 improvements rob Marine Parade of safety plans

Artist's impression of a cycle lane with cargo bike pedalling past the shops near Hove Street

This artist’s impression shows what was about to be built in June 2023 before works were “paused” for a redesign, which was to have taken six months.

Bricycles fears the Council’s new designs for the A259 seafront cycle lane will affect another scheme that would make roads safer for everyone.

A report for Cabinet (27 June 2024) recommends switching £1.2m from a Marine Parade safety scheme to a redesigned A259 active travel scheme between Fourth Avenue and Hove Lagoon.

Bricycles believes both schemes can go ahead without cutting one to pay for the other. We have explained how to the Council.

While there are some attractive elements on the redesigned scheme between Fourth Avenue and Hove Lagoon, the loss of better safety, particularly for people who walk, wheel and ride bicycles on Marine Parade, is of serious concern.

So we have written to the Council asking it to explain in detail how and when it will fund the Marine Parade scheme. Read a précis of our question on X.

Have your say

Like Bricycles, you can share your thoughts with Cabinet members. Their contact details are here.

The lead member for Transport is Cllr Trevor Muten

The Marine Parade scheme that’s under threat runs through Kemptown and would be a particular loss to people who live, work or study there and in Queens Park, Whitehawk & Marina, Rottingdean & West Saltdean and Woodingdean. Click on the ward names to get the Councillors’ contact details.

Background

Work was due to start on the A259 active travel scheme between Fourth Avenue and Hove Lagoon in June 2023. It was halted just hours before the diggers moved in.

Council leader Bella Sankey said it was a “pause” so a better design could be completed. The Council then had to give the contractor £19,000 for every week of the “pause” until they could agree to a fee that the Council would have to pay for terminating the contract. 

At the time the Council said the redesign would take “up to six months” and that it would be a “win-win-win“. In the event it has taken a year. When the Council decides to go ahead with the new outline plan, it will take a further six months for more detailed designs to be drawn up and then these will be followed by several months of consultations.

So it’s highly unlikely that any of the millions of pounds the Council was awarded, by the Dept for Transport, to make the A259 safer for everyone will be spent before June 2025.

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