City councillors will next week be asked to approve the start of work to improve a key Brighton & Hove corridor.
Members of the Transport and Sustainability committee will discuss the plans for parts of the A23 near Preston Park when they meet on Tuesday 3 October.
They’ll be asked to approve the construction of the first phase of the work, between Argyle Road and the junction of Stanford Avenue.
Funded by the Government’s Active Travel Fund, Section 106 funding and money from the council’s Local Transport Plan, the work would:
- Introduce a new segregated bi-directional cycle lane between Argyle Road and Stanford Avenue
- Improve pedestrian crossings near Argyle Road and Springfield Road
- ensure safer, more accessible junctions
- widening of pavements and improvements for pedestrians
- improved connectivity for cyclists joining westbound from Ditchling Rise
If approved by councillors and should more funding become available, the scheme would then look to make further improvements between Stanford Avenue and Preston Drove.
Consultation and engagement
A six-week public consultation on the scheme initially took place in February 2021.
Further engagement with residents, businesses and other stakeholders was held between October and December of the same year.
A final round of consultation about the final design took place with key stakeholders earlier this year.
Encouraging active travel
Councillor Trevor Muten, Chair of the Transport and Sustainability committee said: “This is an exciting scheme and I’m very pleased we’re now at the stage where work can begin.
“These improvements will make it easier and safer and more attractive environment for people to walk, cycle and wheel through this busy part of the city. It will also make it easier for bus users and drivers using this road.
“By providing new infrastructure, which is safe and accessible for everyone, we can encourage more people to travel sustainably and actively, freeing up space for those people who still need to use a car to move around the city.”