Vogue Gyratory transport improvements
Works to improve the safety for all road users at the Vogue Gyratory were completed in December 2014 following five months of planned construction.
The initial proposals for the Vogue Gyratory that were developed as part of the Lewes Road Improvement Scheme were supported through public consultation in 2012.
The consultation responses indicated that 65% of consultees supported road safety and traffic flow improvements at the gyratory junction and also raised concerns for all road user groups.
On 29 April 2014 the final design for this scheme was approved for implementation at the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee and works started July 2014. For further details see the full Vogue Gyratory Improvement committee report (PDF 94kb) and the Vogue Gyratory Improvement Plan (PDF 605kb).
Benefits of the scheme
The key benefits of the scheme included:
- Improvements for motorised traffic
- Simplification of the complex, existing road layout to make the junction safer and more legible for all drivers and reduce potential for collisions.
- Replacement of traffic signal equipment to improve efficiency and traffic flow using up-to-date technology and linking of new signals with the traffic signals recently installed on Lewes Road.
- Resurfacing of the carriageway to improve the quality of the road surface and to improve the clarity of road markings.
- The review of all local and advance directional signs on approaches to the gyratory to ensure they are clear and informative.
Improvements for pedestrians and cyclists:
- Improvements to the bus stop outside the Sainsbury’s Superstore, through the introduction of a ‘floating bus stop’ and larger bus shelter, similar to those successfully used in the Lewes Road Improvement Scheme further north. This will allow the No.25 bendy bus to call at this stop where currently they are unable to gain access.
- Improved and simplified facilities for pedestrians, comprising pedestrian footway improvements across the entrances to the Sainsbury’s car park and better pedestrian crossing provision.
- Changes to kerb alignments and footway/cycleway levels to increase space available for pedestrians and cyclists helping them to move safely through the junction without coming into conflict or causing delay.
- Priority green signals for cyclists at traffic lights, providing a three second head start to reduce conflict; and
- Creation of a continuous 2 metre-wide northbound cycle lane, through the gyratory system, to increase drivers’ awareness of cyclists.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are changes still being made to the traffic signals at the Vogue Gyratory?
The new modern traffic light system can only be fully commissioned once the system has been running ‘as normal’ for a period of time. This ensures that the traffic flows are maximised rather than being based on seasonal variations such as the Christmas shopping period. Subtle changes will continue to be made throughout February whilst the system settles and becomes optimised.
Why does the pedestrian green man only stay on for a short time?
The new pedestrian crossings at the Vogue Gyratory are known as Puffin crossings. On a Puffin crossing, the light controlling the pedestrian movements is on the near side of the road where the button is pushed. This type of system is being used throughout the UK and within Brighton and Hove and is designed to improve safety for all road users. Whilst the green man is only on for a shorter time period, the traffic will not start moving until all pedestrians are safely cross the road. This can take a little time to get use to and if you have any queries then please contact us on the details below.
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