New and improved surface for Ditchling Road footpath

Work will begin on Monday 28 February to improve and resurface the footpath which runs alongside Ditchling Road.

£300,000 has been allocated from our Carbon Neutral Fund to be spent on upgrading the 2km stretch of footpath between Woodbourne Avenue and Coldean Lane. 

The new 3m wide surface will be flat and smooth, suitable for walking, cycling and by people using wheelchairs, mobility scooters, adapted cycles and pushchairs. Dropped kerbs at either end of the footpath will also be widened. 

The footpath was originally installed in 2014.

The work is similar to that undertaken last year to improve the footpath running alongside Falmer Road.

"a picture of a gravel footpath"

Work is expected to take approximately five months to complete, during which time the path will need to be closed. 

During this time there will be temporary traffic lights on Ditchling Road and a reduction in the speed limit. This will ensure safe working for the team on site.

This may also lead to delays on the road and motorists may wish to use alternative routes.

Councillor Steve Davis, Co-Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee said: “This is great news for people who use this path. I’m especially pleased that a new smoother surface will make it accessible for everyone.

“The work again shows our commitment to providing people in Brighton & Hove with safe, accessible and sustainable travel routes across the city. 

“By giving residents and visitors the right infrastructure, we can encourage them to make healthy travel choices that reduce the need for car journeys and cut toxic emissions. This type of work is essential to meet our goal of carbon neutrality by 2030.”

Carbon Neutral Fund

In July 2021, councillors agreed to allocate money from the council’s Carbon Neutral Fund to a number of transport projects and programmes.

This included infrastructure projects to expand zero emission transport and road, footpath and pavement improvements. 


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