24 November 2021 Transport and roads

Drop-in sessions for A23 active travel improvement plans

Residents living near a section of the A23 are being given the opportunity to have their say on walking and cycling improvement plans for the area.

Four drop-in sessions are taking place next week in which people who live around the area between Argyle Road and Cumberland Road can see detailed designs for phase one of the scheme.

The sessions will be at St Augustine’s Arts & Events Centre, Stanford Avenue, Brighton BN1 6EA on:

  • Wednesday 1 December 2021 – 9am to 5pm
  • Thursday 2 December 2021 – 9am to 5pm
  • Friday 3 December 2021 – 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday 4 December 2021 – 9am to 5pm

Postcards have also been sent to residents living around the scheme with information about the drop-in sessions.

Residents who are unable to attend one of these sessions but would still like to provide comments can do so via e-mail by contacting transport.projects@brighton-hove.gov.uk, or by calling 01273 293536 and leaving a message.

More information can be found on the One Journey Better webpage.

Background

The council has received government funding to improve the A23 and provide a safer, more attractive environment for all who use it, including people who walk and cycle, public transport users and drivers.

Following a six-week consultation in early 2021, a report was presented to the council’s Environment, Transport, and Sustainability (ETS) committee in July 2021. The committee approved the scheme to continue to the next development stage, and to further engage with stakeholders and residents. 

Since the July 2021 ETS committee meeting the scheme designs have undergone further development and the decision has been taken to deliver the improvements in a phased approach with three main phase areas: 

  • A23 Phase 1 | Argyle Road - Cumberland Road
  • A23 Phase 2 | Cumberland Road - The Deneway
  • A23 Phase 3 | The Deneway - Patcham Roundabout

What happens next 

Following the consultation activities, the designs will be revised to reflect our findings, progressed to detailed design stage, and presented to the ETS committee for approval in spring 2022.

Phases 2 & 3 of the scheme will undergo further development, engagement, and approvals in 2022. Information will be provided on the One Journey Better webpage as and when it becomes available. 

Safer and sustainable journeys for everyone

Amy Heley, co-chair of the Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee, said: “We’re working extremely hard to make travel and transport across the city safer and more sustainable for everyone and the A23 is a key part of that.

“Only by creating an infrastructure that better supports walking and cycling will we give residents and visitors the opportunity to make sustainable travel choices that will help us reach our goal of carbon neutrality by 2030. 

“The A23 is a key travel corridor for getting in and out of the city and I would urge all residents in the area to have their say on the proposals.”

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