Urgent action needed for a better A27 crossing at Lancing

IMG_3909 -ed_Sussex PadDo you ride over the old Shoreham Toll Bridge and cross the A27 to go to Coombes, Botolphs or Steyning using the “Sussex Pad” junction? Well, there are proposals to close that crossing as part of the New Monks Farm development. The alternative would be a detour of about 750m ( ½ mile) which would involve four sets of traffic lights and four crossings over carriageways.

The plans are out for consultation NOW with a deadline of 29 September 2017.

Please comment on the consultation here

Our objections are below. Please feel free to copy and improve!

  • We object to the lengthy, inadequate and hazardous replacement for the existing crossing from the Old Shoreham Road to Coombes Road for cyclists and other non-motorised users.
  • If this existing crossing is removed, it must be replaced by a bridge or underpass which gives safe, direct access across the A27 from the Old Shoreham Road to Coombes Road for all non-motorised road-users and it must be usable in all weathers and at all times of day i.e. lit and not vulnerable to flooding.
  • The proposed replacement crossing does not fulfill high quality standards in walking and cycling. (Ref: Highways England’s Interim Advice Note 195/16)
  • We disagree with the Transport Assessment (Page 38, Paragraph 4.3.19 ) which says “The above data demonstrates very low cycle demands for crossing the A27 within the carriageway and using existing pedestrian crossing during the various peak hours, and on a daily basis.” This crossing is well used and invaluable for cyclists, cycling groups and cycling events that often use this crossing in large numbers throughout the year.
  • This development proposal needs to provide more safe, direct and attractive walking and cycling routes and links so that people can walk/cycle easily to all destinations e.g. shops, schools, health centres, railway stations etc. and that cycling/walking can reach its full potential with all the accompanying public health and environmental benefits including improved air quality, reduced obesity and greater physical and mental health.
  • Sustainable transport such as cycling, walking and use of public transport needs to be much more clearly prioritised in this scheme in line with Government and West Sussex County Council sustainable transport policy (see below).

    WSCC’s West Sussex Walking and Cycling Strategy 2016–2026 has stated objectives: “To make cycling and walking the natural choice for shorter journeys (such as journeys to school), or as part of a longer journey” and “To reduce congestion and pollution by encouraging and enabling people to travel without a car”, among many other worthy ambitions which are not demonstrated in this scheme.

    “The Government wants walking and cycling to be a normal part of everyday life, and the natural choices for shorter journeys such as going to school, college or work, travelling to the station, and for simple enjoyment.” Government policy as stated above is in its Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/603527/cycling-walking-investment-strategy.pdf

  • Statements in the “Technical Note: A27 Access Strategy” section of the Transport Assessment demonstrate ignorance of the need to develop high quality walking and cycling facilities so that these modes can reach their full potential (ref: Highway England’s Interim Advice Note 195/16.)
  • This proposal will encourage car use. The housing development proposal includes a car parking space for each dwelling (i.e. possibly 600 cars). The proposed IKEA car park would have 1000 spaces, but the A27 is already at capacity and alternatives to car travel should be more strongly encouraged and invested in.
  • Issues of flooding are not resolved. This is relevant for any development, but also provision for cycling and all non-motorised users.
  • The application is baffling for most ordinary citizens who will be confronted with 400 documents. Key points for cycling difficult to discern, particularly against jargon, spin and complexity.

New Monks Farm overview

More information
Diagram VN40408/PL-015 in the Transport Assessment (below) shows the lengths we will have to go to if the plans are approved:

New roundabout VN40408-PL-015

The proposed replacement route means that instead of the current crossing, you would have to turn left (west) on to a cycle path, go about 320m and grapple with this new roundabout (above) and four sets of traffic lights to get to the northern side of the roundabout and then cycle back east about 350m simply to get to Coombes Road on the other side of the A27. This is something you can do at the moment as soon as one set of lights changes to green.

This page will be updated as our research continues.

 

 

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A Neighbourhood Plan for Hove


Neighbourhood planning was introduced in 2011 through the Localism Act. A neighbourhood plan allows local residents and businesses to develop their own planning policies that reflect their priorities for their area and impact upon planning and development in the neighbourhood

The Hove Station Neighbourhood Plan is being prepared by the Hove Station Neighbourhood Forum.  The plan will set out the vision of the Forum and details policies for development of the area north and south of Hove Station and further to the west covering the area popularly known as Poets Corner.
This Sunday (July 3rd) the Forum will be hosting a ‘Hove Your Say’ event for local people to find out more and get involved.
Hove Station Forum 1

What has this got to do with cycling?

The developing Neighbourhood Plan for the area has much to say on the need for an improved local environment:

“…both in terms of greening up and in terms of high quality hard landscaping with the station at its core. Associated traffic calming and management of pedestrian and cycle based flows, spaces for children to play, connections between Hove Park and Hove Station all aim to create an attractive environment to live,work and play in…”

Policies are being developed by the Forum which explicitly support cycle infrastructure and facilities:

Policy 21: Developer Contributions will be required to jointly contribute to the infrastructure requirements set out in the master plan to allow the Hove Station Quarter Area to be developed comprehensively.
Reason: a number of requirements for example in terms of highways and utility infrastructure will be required to enable developments on site. The master plan sets out highways linkages and north south connection for cycling and pedestrian traffic as well as a number of place making features. These are seen to be critical to allow the area to be developed comprehensively in an attractive manner.
Policy 26: New developments should aim to minimise car based travel, which will require travel plans as well as a range of other measures such as designated car club spaces to be allocated throughout the area in discussion with the city’s car clubs and extensive cycle parking to standards as set out in SPD 13.
Policy 27: The Hove Station Quarter will be easily accessible on foot and by cycle; where car based through traffic is allowed this will be at low speeds typically on shared surfaces. Surrounding residential roads will also be subject to traffic calming measures to avoid rat runs and undue traffic pressure arising from new development.
Policy 30: The following improvements to the road network will be necessary:
  • The opening up of Fonthill Road / Goldstone Lane southwards to allow better bus circulation following redevelopment of the bus station. (This is related to redevelopment of the areas between the high rise blocks of the Clarendon Estate);
  • The closure of Fonthill Road under the railway tunnel, with access for pedestrians and cycles only. (This is to control rat running and allow the tunnel to become more user friendly)
  • The continuation of the segregated cycleway along Old Shoreham Road;
  • Provision of missing footway provisions such as by the petrol station off Station Approach and provision of safe pedestrian crossing outside Hove Station for visually impaired.
It is early days yet for the Neighbourhood Plan and may seem a very dry policy based process, but it seems very much that the local community through their Neighbourhood Forum is seeking to create a liveable neighbourhood, promoting walking and cycling and seeking to include real measures to make this happen.
To help make sure that the plans that they are developing – which will shape this area for a generation and beyond  – properly reflect the needs of local cyclists, it would be great if any  Bricycles folk living/working in their area could get along and see what they are up to, and give support to what seems a positive and measured approach at improving this neighbourhood.
Sunday July 3rd, 11-3pm, Ralli Hall, 81 Denmark Villas, Hove
(PS – If you live in this part of town or cycle through it regularly, do have a look at our ward pages and let us know how else it could be improved; Goldsmid Ward HERE and Westbourne Ward HERE)

Council plans Old Shoreham Road cycle lane extension

The Argus has reported  that Brighton and Hove Council is planning to extend the Old Shoreham Road cycle lane for 1km to the West beyond The Drive towards Nevil Road. It will apparently include a new wide cycle lane with raised kerbs to separate bikes from cars, improvements to major junctions and new pedestrian crossings and may be approved at a town hall meeting on Tuesday, following which a consultation on the scheme will take place later this year and construction could take place between March and July 2014.

Old Shoreham Cycle Lane officially axed

We reported on 6th March that the Old Shoreham Road cycle scheme had
been scrapped following a Council response to a question asked by Green
Group Transport Spokesperson, Cllr Ian Davey. On Thursday 25th March,
Cllr Geoffrey Theobald officially confirmed at the Environment Cabinet
Member Meeting that they would not be proceeding with the proposals
because of ward councillors’ concerns over safety, although no expert
evidence was presented to back up this claim.

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THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS TO BE DISAPPOINTED AT SCRAPPING OF OLD SHOREHAM RD CYCLE ROUTE

Brighton and Hove City Council have dropped plans for the Old Shoreham
Road cycle route whch was to run from BHASVIC college in Hove to
Applesham Way in Portslade. This important route has been in the
pipeline for some years and 15,000 people, schools and businesses were
consulted on the plans in 2009 at an estimated cost of over £100,000.
The proposed route was believed to be highly popular but also
came under criticism from cycling and transport experts for
discontinuity, narrow lanes, pinch points and inadequate junction
treatments.

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Old Shoreham Road cycle lane proposals

bhc_logo.gifBrighton & Hove City Council wants views on proposals for a new cycle route along Old Shoreham Road. The proposed route will run from Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) in Hove to Applesham Road in Portslade, and also join up with the Grand Avenue cycle route to the seafront.

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