Walking, cycling and accessibility improvements on the A259 

We've launched a six-week consultation on proposals for the area between Fourth Avenue and Wharf Road.

This includes:

  • increasing pavement space
  • extending the protected westbound cycle lane
  • increasing the number of parking spaces for Blue Badge holders

As well as commenting on the plans online, we are also holding two drop-in information sessions at the King Alfred Leisure Centre. Residents and local businesses can look at the proposals in more detail and speak to council officers.

These are on: 

  • Saturday, 4 December 2021 from 10am to 4pm 
  • Tuesday, 7 December 2021 from 12 noon to 7pm 

To request a paper copy or another format:

This consultation closes on 16 January 2022. 

About the proposals

The walking, cycle and accessibility improvements will be formed of two sections:

  • Fourth Avenue to Hove Street
  • Hove Street to Wharf Road

They include: 

  • additional pedestrian space, including outside seating space 
  • raised table junctions and dropped kerbs to assist wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs 
  • extension of the westbound cycle lane with cyclists separated from motor vehicles 
  • additional cycle parking spaces, including space for larger and adapted bikes 
  • additional loading bays and parking spaces for Blue Badge holders

Go to the consultation for more information.

Widening of pavement outside shops along Kingsway to improve accessibility

Widening of pavement outside shops along Kingsway. Shows the new bike lane proposal with the bike lane added into the shot and a person riding an adapted bike on it.

Widening of pavement outside shops along Kingsway. Shows how the proposal will look with a wider pavement and a persona walking on it.

About the plans

You can view the plans for the Active Travel Scheme on our website.

Previous improvements to the A259

In spring 2020, we secured funding through the government’s Active Travel Fund to make walking and cycling improvements to the A259. This is the iconic seafront space in Brighton & Hove. It is used by thousands of residents and visitors all year round. 

In August 2020 we installed a temporary westbound cycle lane from West Street to Fourth Avenue.  

Since the cycle lane was installed the area has seen an 85% increase in cycling compared to 2019, with 4,897 trips recorded along this stretch on an average day during June 2021. 

In February 2021, a public consultation was held. It allowed people to comment on the temporary cycle lane between West Street and Fourth Avenue and proposals to improve the space between Fourth Avenue and Wharf Road. 

At a special meeting of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability (ETS) committee in July 2021, members agreed that the council should consult and engage further with the businesses and residents directly impacted by the plans for the area between Fourth Avenue and Wharf Road. 

In November 2021, councillors on the ETS committee agreed make the temporary cycle lane between West Street and Fourth Avenue permanent. 

What happens next 

All comments received during the consultation will be carefully considered. The results will be reported to the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee where decisions will be made.