4 July 2017

Essential seafront safety works could cause temporary delays

Journeys along the A259 on Brighton seafront could be delayed temporarily from next week as the council carries out essential roadworks to improve safety for bus users, pedestrians and cyclists.

From 10 July, for about eight weeks, the council will be creating a dedicated bus layby on the southern side of the road above Brighton Marina. There will also be a new toucan crossing to help people leaving the bus to cross the road, towards Kemp Town.

This will also help guide cyclists from the cycle track on the southern side of the A259 towards other nearby cycle routes into east Brighton.

The bus stop location near Brighton Marina and Marine Gate flats

Since 2010 there have been eight casualties from accidents at the spot. A particular problem is stationary buses blocking pedestrians’ views of the road as they try to cross towards a central island.

Lanes will be temporarily narrowed during the works, potentially slowing traffic and causing delays. Drivers are advised to allow extra time for journeys or seek alternative routes.

A council spokesperson said: “This is about the council improving transport for all modes of travel. When complete these measures will make it easier for cars to pass stationary buses, as well as making things safer and easier for people using the bus, walking or cycling. Records show there’s a safety issue at this point which we really need to address.”