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Alterations to pop-up cycle lane welcomed by Adur District Council

Released: Monday, 24 August 2020

The leader of Adur District Council has thanked colleagues at County Hall for making alterations to Shoreham and Southwick's new temporary new cycleway ahead of work beginning on site.

West Sussex County Council is set to start constructing the pop-up route in the coming weeks as it looks to build on the post-lockdown cycling boom.

Initially the 4.6km lane was to run along the Upper Shoreham Road, Holmbush roundabout and Old Shoreham Road, linking the River Adur and A283 in Shoreham to Brighton & Hove City Council's pop-up lane.

But, after concerns raised by Adur councillors and cycling groups about safety, congestion and access for local businesses, the county council has confirmed it will drop and amend sections of the route.

The changes will mean the dual carriageway between Holmbush and the Brighton and Hove boundary will be unaltered with both lanes remaining accessible to cars.

Provisions will also be made for businesses to use loading bays while the planned 3 metre wide lane on Upper Shoreham Road will be reduced to 1.5 metres.

Cllr Parkin added:

“I want to thank the leader of West Sussex for listening to local concerns about this cycle route.

“Due to the temporary nature of these routes and the speed they are being installed, we always knew that they would not be perfect. But what was initially presented would have had a negative impact on the wider community.

“These changes will hopefully improve things for cycling, giving people of all ages a safe place to travel on two wheels, but not be completely damaging for those who need to use their motor vehicles.”

The Department for Transport provided funding for a series of COVID temporary cycle lanes across West Sussex in June.

The County Council has been clear that once built, the new routes will be closely monitored to ensure they are having a positive impact on local travel.

This will include how well used they are by cyclists and the positive or negative impact they have on congestion, safety and air quality.

Cllr Kevin Boram, who acts as Adur District Council's cycling champion and is also a county councillor, said:

“Our communities have made it clear that they are concerned about sustainability and the wider environment. That is why we have worked hard with residents and community groups to develop a Local Cycling and Walking Plan to highlight key routes which promote sustainable travel.

“I am delighted that West Sussex County Council has worked closely with Adur to deliver the first part of this plan under the government's pop-up cycle scheme.

“The impact of this route will be closely monitored so that this and other schemes can be further developed and improved in the future."

(PR20-098)

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