Covid-19: Travelling in the city

National lockdown: stay at home

You must not leave your home unless you have a reasonable excuse (for example, for work or education purposes).

If you need to travel you should stay local – meaning avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live – and look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall.

The list of reasons you can leave your home and area include, but are not limited to:

  • work, where you cannot reasonably work from home
  • accessing education and for caring responsibilities
  • visiting those in your support bubble – or your childcare bubble for childcare
  • visiting hospital, GP and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are concerned about your health
  • buying goods or services that you need, but this should be within your local area wherever possible
  • outdoor exercise. This should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance within your area to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space)
  • attending the care and exercise of an animal, or veterinary services

If you need to travel, walk or cycle where possible, and plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. This will allow you to practice social distancing while you travel.

Avoid car sharing with anyone from outside your household or your support bubble. See the guidance on car sharing.

If you need to use public transport, you should follow the safer travel guidance.

Find information about active travel in an easy read format.

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Disabled and mobility access

We have put access and equalities considerations at the heart of our temporary changes to the city’s public spaces and transport network.

They're designed to increase accessibility for everyone and help create a lasting legacy of improvements to the city’s transport network.

Before any changes are made we plan in measures that take into account the needs of people with disabilities and mobility issues.

These include:

  • retaining Blue Badge parking bays and disabled access as a priority
  • reducing obstructions on the pavement
  • ensuring cycling facilities are designed with disabled users in mind
  • engaging with action groups to ensure concerns of the disabled community are heard and acted upon

Disabled access is always considered in new schemes and is of the utmost priority. We carried out an Equality Impact Assessment on the Transport Action Plan to identify potential disproportionate impacts on individuals or groups protected under the Equality Act 2010 to make sure we proactively plan for people with disabilities.

We'll continue to monitor each of the temporary changes and make changes if necessary. This includes an ongoing review of the implications for parking provision where we are looking at options to increase provision for Blue Badge holders where possible.

How we're maintaining and improving access

A259 cycle lane

All existing disabled bays are still there, with some being offset from the kerb. These have additional space on either side of the bays and new facilities to ensure additional safety and access.

When developing this scheme we were careful to ensure that there would be no loss of Blue Badge provision and have taken the opportunity to provide more space within the Blue Badge bays to help with access.

Madeira Drive

We have reopened Madeira Drive one-way. All parking spaces on the north side of the road are available to motorists. Parking bays on the south side of the road are suspended, with the exception of spaces available to Blue Badge holders and close to Yellowave.The Lanes (Old Town)

We have increased the number of disabled parking bays in the area from 6 to 11 and they remain in use. They have been changed to 3-hour spaces to enable more disabled car users to visit the area.

Western Road

This scheme will introduce improved loading and disabled bays.

Pavement widening

Wider pavements enable people to physically distance during the pandemic, but this also provides the opportunity to create more space for all users.

We also take into account access and the needs of disabled users when considering licences for businesses wishing to place tables and chairs outside their premises.

Some examples of how we have addressed access:

  • Church Road, Hove - existing disabled bays outside Hove Library have been moved slightly further along the road to accommodate changes, and a number of pay and display spaces have been removed
  • St James’s Street - the existing disabled parking bays and taxi rank have been relocated and loading bay space has been reduced

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Public transport

The council’s Public Health team have been advising public transport providers in the city on how they can effectively manage and reduce the risk of illnesses spreading.

Staff have been given information and advice on how they can take the same precautions as the public in reducing the spread of illnesses. Buses and taxis are regularly cleaned.

The council will continue to support our public transport providers.

Find guidance for staff in the transport sector.

Travelling by bus

Brighton & Hove Buses have increased their services further in response to the easing of movement restrictions and more people returning to work. However, due to physical distancing guidance, buses are running with reduced capacity.

You can view the new Brighton & Hove Bus timetables on their website.

Passengers are being asked to follow travel guidance, including wearing a face mask while travelling on the bus, using contactless forms of payment if possible, or carrying exact change.

School buses

Due to low usage during the current lockdown, some school bus services are being withdrawn from 25 January. Details of these changes below:

Route 70 - Lower Bevendean to East Moulsecoomb

This service for Brighton Aldridge Community Academy will be withdrawn from 25 January. 

The alternative routes are:

  • 49 between Bevendean and Lewes Road
  • any Lewes Road service from The Avenue to Falmer apart from 24 (to Coldean) 25X, 29X (limited stop services)

Route 93 - Seven Dials to Blatchington Mill

This service for Blatchington Mill will be withdrawn from 25 January. 

The alternative routes are:

  • 5B from Western Road, to avoid changes
  • 7 to Blatchington Road and change to 5B there

Route 73 - Whitehawk to Cardinal Newman

This service for Cardinal Newman will be withdrawn from 25 January. 

The alternative routes are:

  • 7 from Arundel Road to Cromwell Road (Wilbury Villas)
  • 1 from Whitehawk to Second Avenue, Hove

Route 91 - Ovingdean to Cardinal Newman

This service for Cardinal Newman will be withdrawn from 25 January. 

The alternative routes are:

  • from Ovingdean (52A), Woodingdean (2/22), Hollingdean (50), Fiveways (26/46) or Surrenden (5B) to North Street, then change to the 7 as far as Wilbury Villas (Cromwell Road)

Route 95 - Hangleton to Cardinal Newman 

This service for Cardinal Newman will be withdrawn from 25 January. 

The alternative routes are:

  • from Hangleton (5/5A/5B) or Portslade (1/1A/6/49) to Second Avenue (Church Road)

Route 95A - Mile Oak to Cardinal Newman

This service for Cardinal Newman will be withdrawn from 25 January. 

The alternative routes are:

  • from Downs Park (6), Mile Oak (1/1A) or Portslade (1/1A/49) to Second Avenue (Church Road)

Route 94 - Dorothy Stringer to Southover Street

This service for Dorothy Stringer and Varndean will be withdrawn. 

This service will run as the 94A.

Only Southover Street passengers will be affected. They will need to walk up to Queens Park Road to catch the 94A.

Route 94A - Dorothy Stringer to Arundel Road

This service for Dorothy Stringer and Varndean will continue unchanged.

Route 71 - Whitehawk to Mile Oak

This service for Hove Park will be withdrawn from 25 January.

The alternative routes are:

  • services 1/1A, changing to service 5B in Old Steine/North Street

Route 98 - Shoreham to Kings School

This service for Kings School will be withdrawn from 18 January.

The alternative route is:

  • 2 from Shoreham with walk to connecting 5 service if required

Route 96/96A - Hove Town Hall to Kings School via Portslade and Hangleton

This service for Kings School will be withdrawn from 18 January.

The alternative route is:

  • 5 from Hove, 16 from Portslade, or from Portland Road take 49 to Portslade and change to 16B

Route 72 - Whitehawk to Longhill 

This service for Longhill will continue unchanged.

Route 76 - Saltdean Vale to Longhill 

This service for Longhill will continue unchanged.

Route 72A - Elm Grove to Longhill via Woodingdean

This service for Longhill will be withdrawn from 25 January.

The alternative routes are:

  • available capacity on the 72 school service, which will continue to operate
  • 22 provides alternative to Woodingdean from Elm Grove

Route 76A - Peacehaven to Longhill 

This service for Longhill will be withdrawn from 25 January.

The alternative routes are:

  • 27 or 47 from Saltdean (or 12 or 14 from coast road) with change to 2 at Rottingdean High Street

Route 71A - Whitehawk to Mile Oak

This service for Portslade Academy will be withdrawn from 25 January.

The alternative route is:

  • 1 from Whitehawk to Mile Oak

Route 74 - Bevendean to Patcham High 

This service for Patcham High will continue unchanged.

Route 75 - Bevendean to Patcham High 

This service for Patcham High will be withdrawn. 

The alternative routes are:

  • the duplicate 74 service
  • 48 from Lower Bevendean then 24 from Lewes Road to Hollingbury Asda, change to 5B to Patcham

We believe that all young people will be able to reach school through the routes that are still running. 

If you are unclear on which service to use, phone 01273 886 200 to speak to Brighton & Hove Buses.

Travelling by train

Find the latest advice and information from Southern Railway.

Due to physical distancing guidance, trains are running with reduced capacity. Before travelling by train you should check information on the government website for the latest available update. 

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A259 on-road cycle lane

The pathway and cycle lanes on the seafront are under increasing pressure as people are exercising and travelling in more active ways during the Covid-19 pandemic. This makes it difficult for both pedestrians and cyclists to physically distance.

To reduce this pressure, we introduced a temporary cycle lane on the road between West Street and the western boundary of the city

The key features of this change are:

  • a new temporary on-road westbound cycle lane in the nearside traffic lane between West Street and Fourth Avenue, Hove
  • the cycle lane is up to 3m wide to accommodate all types of cycles, including adapted and passenger-carrying cycles, as well as families travelling together - the cycle lane has been lightly segregated using plastic bollards and barriers, this is a requirement of the funding from the Department for Transport and will also protect the cycle lane from illegal parking and improve the safety for cyclists
  • eastbound cyclists will continue to use the existing cycle lane on the seafront promenade
  • existing bus stops for the No. 77 Breeze service will be retained - get up-to-date information on bus frequencies for the No. 77 service
  • all existing signal-controlled pedestrian crossings will remain and cyclists will be required to stop at the stop lines

View a design overview of the temporary scheme.

"Cyclists using the temporary cycle lane along the seafront"

Impact on parking

As much parking as possible on the southern side of the road has been retained, but 74 permit/shared and 14 pay and display spaces will be lost as part of Phase 1; an overall reduction of approximately 60% of parking bays on the south side of the road. There will also be a marginal reduction in the space for motorcycle parking and loading bay areas (1.6 metres and 1 metre overall respectively).

Retained parking bays will be offset from the kerb to ensure the cycle lane can run uninterrupted behind them.

All parking on the north side of the road has remained unchanged.

All existing disabled bays have been retained although some will be offset from the kerb with additional space and new facilities to ensure additional safety and access at these locations.

‘No loading/unloading at any time’ restrictions will be introduced on the south side of Grand Junction Road, King’s Road and Kingsway and double yellow lines have been reinstated on sections of the cycle lane where parking bays have been offset.

Next steps

We will be closely monitoring the impact of the cycle lane and expect this reallocation of road space will help to reduce vehicle speeds along the route for the benefit of all users.

Further changes to the A259 will be consulted on in early 2021.

How you can have your say

Your feedback will help shape our continuing response to the Covid-19 pandemic and future temporary changes to the transport network.

The current changes to the A259 require an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order that must legally be advertised for 6 months. You can comment on the changes during this period and your feedback will be considered by councillors when they decide whether the restrictions should remain in place or be changed.

Other planned changes to the A259

New bus lane

In addition, the introduction of a new eastbound bus lane between Roedean Road and Ovingdean Roundabout is being explored. Buses here are often caught in the queue of general traffic, which can lead to delayed services along this important coastal commuter route into the city. A separate bus lane would ensure fewer public transport delays and encourage people to travel by bus along this route.

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Madeira Drive

It was agreed at the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee in September 2020 that Madeira Drive would be opened to eastbound vehicles, with entry from the Palace Pier roundabout, exiting at Duke’s Mound. This will help to create a shared space for motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and Blue Badge holders in the city.

The work is being done in two phases.  Phase one has been completed meaning:

  • vehicles can travel eastbound along the full length of Madeira Drive, exiting at Duke’s Mound. New lining and signage will assist drivers with the new layout
  • cyclists can use the upper promenade cycle facility or cycle eastbound on the carriageway
  • all parking spaces on the north side of the carriageway will be available to motorists
  • parking bays on the south side of the carriageway will be suspended, with the exception of spaces available to Blue Badge holders and close to Yellowave.

A second phase of work, due to be carried out later in 2021, will:

  • reallocate road space to Install a 4m wide protected cycle lane, to ensure the lane is wide enough for all types of bikes 
  • increase the number of Blue Badge bays from 14 to 25
  • change the orientation of parking and Pay & Display spaces for easier use

Events

Madeira Drive will be open and available when necessary to host events in both the short and long term.

How you can have your say

The first phase of changes was implemented under a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order to accelerate the reopening.

The second phase of improvements will follow under an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order, which must be legally advertised for 6 months. During this time you can comment on the changes and your feedback will be considered by councillors when they decide whether the restrictions should remain in place or be changed.

Return to the main coronavirus information web pages.

Old Shoreham Road (A270) cycle lanes

Road space on both sides of the A270 – Old Shoreham Road, from its junction with Hangleton Road to The Drive, is temporarily allocated to cyclists. The temporary cycle lanes run along a 1.7 mile stretch and provide a major cycling link to the west of the city, where access to cycling facilities is currently very limited. The cycle lanes connect with the existing cycle network running to Dyke Road and the seafront.

Flexible plastic bollards have been installed to ensure that there is a physical barrier between cyclists and other traffic on the road, making the cycle lane as safe as possible for users. The bollards have been spaced to enable access for all types of cycles, including adapted and passenger carrying cycles, as well as families travelling together, and to ensure sightlines are not blocked for disabled cyclists. Temporary cycle lane signs and road markings along the route and at junctions make road users aware of the change.

Residents can still access to their driveways by crossing the cycle lane, but drivers need to consider cyclists using the lane when entering and leaving their property.

Adult and child cycling on the temporary cycle lane on Old Shoreham Road

Access to the Household Waste & Recycling Centre

Traffic controls are in place at Hove Waste & Recycling Centre along this stretch of Old Shoreham Road, to manage capacity and safety. Vehicles are only able queue on the site access road to keep traffic flowing on the main road. Stewards are positioned at the site entrance to manage queueing and will ask drivers to return at less busy times if necessary. You can find more information about the city’s Waste & Recycling Centres on the recycling webpages.

Next steps

Plans are underway to extend the temporary cycle lanes on Old Shoreham Road to the border with West Sussex, near to Applesham Way, to join up with the cycle lanes being installed by West Sussex County Council.

We will continue to monitor the impact of the temporary cycle lanes on Old Shoreham Road and gather evidence to inform a future decision on whether these remain.

How you can have your say

Your feedback will help shape our continuing response to the Covid-19 pandemic and future temporary changes to the transport network.

The current temporary cycle lanes and further proposed extension will be consulted on early in 2021.

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Pavement widening to support physical distancing

Pavement in various locations across Brighton and Hove has been temporarily widened to provide additional footway space for pedestrians to pass one another safely, including around customers queuing outside shops.

Pavement widening at the following busy locations has been prioritised:

  • Western Road – the bus stop outside Waitrose has been temporarily moved to the east to widen the pavement, and bus operator staff will be present between Marks & Spencer and Imperial Arcade to manage queues at the bus stops.
  • Church Road, Hove - the Hove Town Hall bus stop outside NatWest has been relocated to Tisbury Road to widen pavement space on Church Road. The pavement outside St Andrew’s Church has also been widened to help pedestrians physically distance around the bus stop. Existing disabled bays outside Hove Library have been moved slightly further along the road to accommodate this change, and a number of pay & display spaces have been removed.
  • St James’s Street – the pavement near Morrisons and further along the street has been widened to help pedestrians physically distance at pinch points. To accommodate this change the existing disabled parking bays and taxi rank have been relocated and loading bay space has been reduced.
  • London Road – bus stops near to Aldi have been relocated further along the road and to the pavement has been widened to help pedestrians physically distance. To accommodate this change two disabled bays and a number of pay & display parking bays have been removed, as well as some loading bay space.

A wider pavement next to a road in Brighton

Access restrictions

Traffic restrictions in busier shopping areas of the city, such as North Laine and the Old Town, have also been put in place. to help businesses, residents and visitors use public spaces safely. You can view maps of these locations and the access restrictions online.

How you can have your say

Your feedback will help shape our continuing response to the Covid-19 pandemic and future temporary changes to the transport network.

These changes require Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders that must legally be advertised for six months. You can comment on the proposed restrictions during this period and your feedback will be considered by Councillors when they determine whether the restrictions should remain in place or be changed.

Return to the main coronavirus information web pages.

The Old Town (The Lanes)

The Lanes are a narrow section of roads and interlinking passageways that have high pedestrian footfall and very narrow footways. Access for cycling can be difficult and there are limited opportunities for cycle parking. Many vehicles circle through the area looking to park, limiting the opportunity for walking and cycling. Businesses require access for deliveries, as do a number of private car parks.

A 24-hour experimental traffic restriction is now in place to stop vehicles using the area except for access. Black Lion Street is closed at the northern end, Ship Street is closed at the North Street junction and the existing restrictions on Market Street and East Street remain. Access for residents, businesses, taxis, and disabled badge holders is still allowed.

By restricting vehicle access throughout the Old Town we are further supporting cyclists and pedestrians to physically distance and helping businesses to reopen by utilising the additional provision of outdoor space.

Wider pavement next to a road in Old Town otherwise know as The Lanes

Impact on parking

The changes in the Old Town mean that approximately 30 parking spaces have been removed whilst the experimental traffic order is in place. Access to private car parks is still permitted, as well as access for business, deliveries and taxi drivers who are picking up and dropping off customers.

We have increased the number of disabled parking bays in the area from 6 to 11 and they remain in use, although they have been changed to 3-hour spaces to enable more disabled users to visit the area.

How you can have your say

Your feedback will help shape our continuing response to the Covid-19 pandemic and future temporary changes to the transport network.

The changes in Old Town require an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order that must legally be advertised for six months. You can comment on the proposed restrictions during this period and your feedback will be considered by Councillors when they determine whether the restrictions should remain in place or be changed.

Return to the main coronavirus information web pages.

A23 cycling improvements

As part of further improvements along the A23, plans to permanently widen the existing on-road cycle lane and permanently upgrade key junctions are being developed. A new segregated cycle lane on the road will improve the quality of the route for cyclists and provide additional, safe space on the pavement for pedestrians. The change will build on the Preston Road cycling improvements and link up with the Valley Gardens scheme to provide a high-quality cycle route between the city centre and the north of the city and a safe alternative to public transport or travel by car.

Further detail on this proposed change can be found in our recent bid to the Department for Transport for funding to support active travel measures.

How you can have your say

Your feedback will help shape our continuing response to the Covid-19 pandemic and future temporary changes to the transport network.

The proposed changes on the A23 will be consulted on early in 2021.

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Cycle hire and cycle parking

As part of the Valley Gardens improvement scheme in Brighton City Centre we have introduced 56 additional cycle parking stands, providing parking for 112 cycles in the area. To support the increased demand for cycling since the start of the pandemic we are installing a further 50 cycle parking stands to accommodate 100 more cycles. Provision of additional cycle parking is also included in our recent bid to the Department for Transport for funding to support active travel measures, this is focused around providing grant funds for businesses.

If you would like to suggest another location in the city for cycle parking, either traditional stands or a new on-road cycle parking place, please complete our online cycle parking request form.

Brighton BikeShare Scheme

Brighton & Hove also has a well-established BikeShare scheme with 69 cycle hire hubs around the city. Demand for this scheme has increased as people are choosing more active ways to travel during the pandemic. Six additional BikeShare cycle hubs are being created to support this increase in demand.

Current confirmed sites for the additional hubs are: Black Rock, Withdene Rise, Victoria Road and Hove Park Villas. A further three new bikeshare hubs are proposed for the Old Shoreham Road / A23 areas to complement the proposals here, as part of our recent bid to the Department for Transport for funding to support active travel measures

These changes require Traffic Regulation Orders that must legally be advertised, so that people can comment on the proposed restrictions during the consultation period.

Brighton Bike Share next street art on a wall

During the pandemic the BTN BikeShare scheme has been made available for free to NHS staff and council-contracted care staff working in Brighton & Hove, as they are supporting some of the vulnerable people living in the city.

The free BikeShare scheme for NHS workers is now fully subscribed. Care contractor staff working for Brighton & Hove City Council can still contact their lead commissioner or manager to access a free pass. From September nursery and school staff will also be offered discounted access to the BikeShare scheme. Further information will be available nearer the time.

Enhanced cleaning of the BikeShare bikes is helping to minimise any possible spread of Covid-19. Additional cleaning and maintenance of the scheme’s 600 bikes takes place on the five busiest days of the week, and the busiest cycle hubs are prioritised.

Customers are also being encouraged to wear protective gloves if they wish to, avoid touching their faces or eyes while riding, and to wash their hands thoroughly before and after use. Riders should practice social distancing from pedestrians and others on shared routes and cycle lanes.

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Signage across the city centre

In the city centre floor markings, temporary signs and banners reminding people to ‘Give Space Keep Safe’ have been installed to encourage people to maintain physical distancing.

The demand for walking and cycling along the seafront and undercliff path has significantly increased during lockdown, as people have taken the opportunity to use this popular route for their daily exercise and to travel actively.

To help manage congestion at these locations, additional temporary signs have been installed.

Moveable, electronically-controlled signs and floor markings remind people not to cycle along the promenade and to share the busy seafront routes responsibly and safely.

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School Streets

From 4 September 2020 a number of emergency, temporary ‘School Streets’ will start across the city. These schemes temporarily restrict motor vehicle access near school entrances during school opening and closing times.

The School Streets programme is being implemented to support the safe reopening of primary schools and nurseries across the city by giving people the space to physically distance outside the school gates, improving road safety for children and families, and giving them the opportunity to travel to school in more active ways.

More information about where and how this is happening can be found on the School Streets webpage.

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How we are funding these changes

The changes in the Transport Action Plan are being funded through a combination of the Council’s own Local Transport Plan budget and the emergency funding made available by government to support urgent action in response to Covid-19.

In June the Council was awarded more than £650,000 from the Emergency Active Travel Fund by the Department for Transport to deliver a first tranche of changes to the transport network to support active travel in the city.

The Government established the Fund to protect and increase transport services, improve infrastructure and help regenerate local economies after the coronavirus outbreak

You can find out how we are spending this money by reading the bid we submitted.

In August we submitted a second bid to the Department for Transport for a further tranche of funding focused on longer-term projects and it was confirmed in November that we were being awarded £2.376m; our full allocation of funding.

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Frequently Asked Questions for Temporary transport changes in Brighton & Hove

Background

Why are we putting in place temporary transport changes in the city?

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, councils are being instructed by central government to quickly put in place temporary walking and cycling measures. This is to help social distancing and provide safe, alternative ways to travel in and around the city.

This is particularly important in Brighton & Hove where bus use is high and current bus capacity is reduced due to social distancing requirements.

For the first set of urgent, temporary changes, the council was given a timescale of just 8 weeks from government to put them in place (following a timescale of 8 working days to put forward funding proposals for temporary changes). These timescales are unprecedented, and a direct result of the emergency situation created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Details of temporary transport changes in the city.

Find out more in this government news article.

Why is encouraging more cycling and walking good for the city?

More people walking and cycling in our city is good for people’s physical and mental health, the environment and the local pollution and congestion levels.

During the national lockdown many more people discovered walking and cycling as a means of daily exercise and a safe, socially distanced way of getting around the city. It is important that people are supported to walk and cycle now that lockdown restrictions have eased to ensure we maintain ‘greener’ travel habits and build healthier communities.

It’s also vital that the limited capacity on our public transport does not become overcrowded and our roads congested, as this will hold up critical services and supplies.

Encouraging more people to walk and cycle will reduce car and vehicle journeys and therefore reduce air pollution and carbon emissions enabling the city to become Carbon Neutral by 2030.

Why are the changes being put in place so quickly?

The Covid-19 pandemic has created an urgent need to enable social distancing in busy areas of the city and on public transport. As the economy re-opens, emergency changes have been put in place as ‘normal’ timescales for changes to the road network would not be quick enough as these can take on average 18 months.

Changes have been put in place on a temporary basis, using Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) where applicable. These are existing powers which allow the council to make changes to the road network quickly, on a trial basis.

Feedback is collected while the change is in place which means that changes to the road network can be altered quickly to address issues and also to respond to feedback. For example, a section of the temporary A259 cycle lane was taken away just weeks after being implemented, to address unforeseen issues affecting bus operation in the city.

This demonstrates how quickly temporary schemes can be amended where necessary.

You can have your say on temporary measures in 2 ways:

1. via our public feedback survey

2. via the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) statutory consultation process. Experimental TROs are in place for the following schemes – click below to comment on a TRO consultation and for more details on all TROs see our TRO webpage:

a. Seafront (A259) temporary cycle lane

b.Madeira Drive temporary closure

c. Pavement widening

d. The Old Town (The Lanes) traffic restriction

e. New Road traffic restriction

f.  School Streets

The Old Shoreham Road (A270) temporary cycle lane does not have a TRO in place as we only need to advertise a TRO in place when necessary legally, but to have your say on this scheme please comment on the public feedback survey.

What about those who need to drive or use a bus to get into the city?

Care has been taken to ensure impact on other modes of travel is minimised when putting in place temporary walking and cycling changes. However, there is limited space on the highway network and therefore in some locations there may be an impact.

The council has to make the best use of road space for all users and this is a balance between different needs. We work closely with bus companies in the city through our Quality Bus Partnership and other transport providers through our Transport Partnership. We ensure regular communications about the temporary plans are shared with these partners.

We have future plans to put in place ‘Park Active’ sites where those who need to drive into the city can park at a convenient location and then walk or cycle the rest of the way. Further details will be announced when this is ready to launch.

Anyone who has a disability or limited mobility and who needs to drive into and around the city, for example Blue Badge holders, can still do so. We have ensured that wherever possible there is no reduction in the number of disabled parking bays as a result of the temporary changes. We are working closely with disability groups to address initial issues raised about the impact of some of the changes and welcome ongoing feedback while changes are in place.

You can have your say on temporary measures via our public feedback survey and by commenting on the Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders.

What work has been carried out before the changes were put in place?

For many of the initial changes the timescales for putting these in place were tight. Initial measures were set out in the Urgent Response Transport Action Plan, which was agreed by councillors at the Policy and Resources Urgency Sub-committee on 14 May 2020.

In May and June 2020 we commissioned a high-level assessment of potential measures that could be put in place on a temporary basis in the city. See the Interim Covid-19 Response Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (Interim LCWIP).

Based on the analysis in the Interim LCWIP measures were set out in an updated version of the Urgent Response Transport Action Plan, which was approved by councillors at the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee on 23 June 2020. Alongside this, an Equality Impact Assessment was initiated, to identify and mitigate any potential disproportionate impacts the planned urgent changes could have on people with protected characteristics under the Equality Act.

This assessment informed councillors’ decisions about the Action Plan and continues to be updated to reflect new and unforeseen impacts as they emerge.

Temporary changes have then been designed and put in place, using Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders where necessary. The design of changes also incorporates a Road Safety Audit for large schemes both before and after the changes are made. You find out more about the temporary transport changes.

Why are the temporary cycle lanes segregated?

To create a safe and attractive environment for cycling it is important that high-quality cycle lanes are put in place. Many non-cyclists are put off by safety concerns and therefore providing safe, protected cycle lanes is a key part of encouraging more people to cycle.

Government released new national design standards for cycling in July which significantly raises the standards for cycling infrastructure, including the use of segregation to safely separate cyclists from other road users (pedestrians as well as motor traffic). Schemes which do not meet these requirements will not be funded by government (including temporary and permanent changes).

What are the barriers / wands used for the cycle lanes, they look permanent?

Temporary cycle lanes, for example on Old Shoreham Road and the seafront (A259), have been constructed using flexible plastic ‘wands’ which are a temporary feature that can be easily amended or removed. Although they are temporary, it is important that the cycle lanes are physically separated from motor traffic. This is a requirement of central government guidance and also makes cycling safer for those using the new lanes.

The cycle lanes are affecting emergency vehicles

We have been engaging with emergency services throughout this process will continue to do so as the schemes develop. If at any stage there is evidence of an impact on response times, then action will be taken to mitigate this wherever possible and details will be included as part of the review process. The temporary, flexible cycle ‘wands’ separating the cycle lane from vehicles driving on the road are designed to enable emergency vehicles to drive over them, if required in an emergency.

Funding

How have the temporary measures been funded?

Measures will largely be funded through government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund.

What is the Emergency Active Travel Fund?

This is a £250m funding pot from government which aims to enable more cycling and walking for everyday journeys as well as support social distancing.

The funding has been split into two stages:

  • Tranche 1 is focused on temporary measures to be put in place urgently - within 8 weeks
  • Tranche 2 forms the bulk of the funding and is for both temporary and permanent measures - to be put in place by April 2021.

How much did the council receive through this fund?

Brighton & Hove City Council received £663,000 through Tranche 1 of the funding.

This was over 10% more than the expected funding allocation, as our bid scored very well against the fund criteria.

The council has also bid for £2.68m for Tranche 2 of the funding. Brighton & Hove received a higher indicative allocation than other similar authorities due to its high level of bus use, as the fund is intended to provide walking and cycling changes to help address reductions in bus capacity due to social distancing requirements.

Read more in our bid documents.

Can the money be used for other purposes like potholes or lighting?

The funding is very specific to walking and cycling measures. It cannot be used for other purposes. If we do not spend the money on the changes we have set out to government, we must repay the money.

Scheme delivery

What has been delivered through the Emergency Active Travel Fund?

For Tranche 1 of the Emergency Active Travel Fund, we had 8 weeks to fully deliver the temporary projects identified in our bid.

These are unprecedented timescales for delivering this type of change, and it’s directly related to the emergency situation created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Projects delivered in Tranche 1 included:

  • temporary segregated cycle lane on Old Shoreham Road (A270)
  • temporary pedestrian measures in Old Town and North Laine areas
  • temporary pavement widening in key areas including Western Road, Church Street, London Road and St James Street
  • temporary segregated cycle lane on the seafront (A259 Kingsway)
  • additional cycle parking
  • additional BTN Bikeshare hubs

What is still to be delivered through the Emergency Active Travel Fund?

The Tranche 2 bid focuses on improving walking and cycling on five strategic corridors in the city:

  • Old Shoreham Road (continuation of scheme from Tranche 1)
  • Seafront (A259 Kingsway / Wellington Road) (continuation of scheme from Tranche 1)
  • London Road (A23)
  • Marine Parade (A259)
  • Western Road

Find out more in our bid to government. We do not yet know the outcome of this bid.

What other proposals have been agreed?

Other measures were agreed in at the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee on 23 June, including a Low Traffic Neighbourhood in the Hanover area and School Streets (timed road closures around schools to encourage safe and active travel).

Find out more in the committee decision pages.

These will be funded through the Local Transport Plan (LTP) programme. The existing LTP will be reprogrammed to take into account the emergency changes in response to Covid-19.

Where can I find out about the temporary changes in place?

Visit our dedicated Covid-19 travel and transport webpage to find up to date information on temporary changes in the city, including the impact on parking and disabled bays. This is updated regularly as new changes are put in place and as they are amended. You can have your say on temporary measures via our public feedback survey and by commenting on the Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders.

If you require more detail that is not available on our webpage, please email transport.projects@brighton-hove.gov.uk

What are the key dates and actions so far?

Date

Key activity

16 March

UK enters Covid-19 ‘lockdown’

9 May

Government instructs councils to take action “within weeks” to

meaningfully reallocate road space for walking and cycling

9 May

£250m Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF) announced

14 May

Councillors agree Covid-19 Urgent Response Transport Action Plan

(URTAP)

5 June

Council submits EATF Tranche 1 bid for c. £700k to deliver 21 different urgent temporary changes

23 June

Councillors approve updated URTAP with additional temporary measures

25 June

Council awarded £663k EATF funding to deliver Tranche 1 within 8 weeks

7 August

Council submits EATF Tranche 2 bid for £2.68m to deliver 5 key cycling schemes + 13 complementary measures by April 2021

Late September

Outcome of Tranche 2 EATF bid expected

29

September

Councillors to review all temporary changes at the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee

 

Community engagement and monitoring

Why has consultation not taken place before the changes went in?

The first funding available to the council to put in temporary changes (Tranche 1 of the Emergency Active Travel Fund), had an 8-week timeframe to be completely finished. Due to the emergency nature of the temporary changes this did not allow for the ‘normal’ consultation process to be followed. For experimental or temporary changes, light infrastructure is put in place which can easily be removed or amended, and feedback is gathered while it is in place. This feedback then influences the design, with changes made to schemes as required.

For example, a section of the temporary A259 cycle lane was taken away just weeks after being implemented, to address unforeseen issues affecting bus operation in the city. This demonstrates how quickly temporary changes can be amended in the case of issues. You can have your say on temporary measures via our public feedback survey and by commenting on the Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders.

What engagement is being carried out?

Since June a public feedback survey has been in place for people to share their views on any of the temporary changes. The survey is updated with information on new temporary changes as they are put in place. Consultations are also taking place for the Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs).

We are also talking separately with our public sector partners, and other key stakeholders in the city, including community and disability groups.

What monitoring is being carried out?

Alongside the public survey, monitoring is carried out on the changes, including traffic counts to record the volume and speed of traffic (including cyclists), video surveys to monitor pedestrian / parking behaviour, queue length surveys and usage of BTN Bikeshare.

Has an Equalities Impact Assessment been produced?

Yes, this can be viewed on our website. This document is evolving with the temporary measures and will be updated for future council committees to consider alongside any changes.

Decision-making

Will temporary changes be automatically made permanent?

No, temporary changes will not automatically be made permanent. Any changes to temporary schemes will be decided by councillors at council committees. This includes consideration of whether to keep temporary changes in place, amend or remove them. A temporary scheme, implemented under an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order can legally be in place for up to 18 months.

Formal comments to the current Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders during the consultation period will be presented to the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee within 18 months to determine the way forward. Where there are major permanent changes this would be subject to further full consultation through a Permanent Traffic Regulation Order.

How have these changes been approved?

The temporary transport changes have been approved by the following council committees:

What is the next stage to review the changes?

Councillors will next review the changes at the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee on 29 September at 4pm. Find out more and view the webcast for the meeting live.

How can I have my say and influence decisions?

Please fill in the public feedback survey with your views on the temporary changes.

Please comment on the formal Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders.

You can also speak to your local councillor and/or make your voice heard by petitioning or speaking at a council committee meeting.

Other

What is an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (TRO)?

An Experimental Traffic Regulation Order is the legal way of putting in place certain changes to the highway, for emergency measures and/or to trial changes before making long-term decisions on design. This way of working gives us the opportunity to engage and flexibly respond to concerns while temporary changes are in place. Comments can be submitted on the changes within the first six months of the scheme being built, and schemes can be in place for up to 18 months.

Formal comments to the current Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders during the consultation period will be presented to the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee within 18 months to determine the way forward. Where there are major permanent changes this would be subject to further full consultation through a Permanent Traffic Order.

View all the current TROs on our website and current TRO consultations for temporary transport changes are as follows:

Seafront (A259) temporary cycle lane

Madeira Drive temporary closure

Pavement widening

The Old Town (The Lanes) traffic restriction

New Road traffic restriction

School Streets

Why was the section of the A259 temporary cycle lane removed?

Removing traffic lanes to allow the cycle lane in the Palace Pier Roundabout area was having a detrimental impact on the operation of this key junction in the city, including on the city’s bus operation. Changes were therefore needed in order to keep the city moving. The temporary, experimental nature of the scheme allows us to make changes in the event of an issue.

No-one was using the temporary cycle lane when I drove past

For the temporary changes, independent traffic counts are carried out to measure the volume and speed of all traffic along a route, including cyclists. This provides an accurate, independent, standard-method count of the usage of this area by all vehicles over a set period (usually a week) in both directions. Analysis of this data helps us to understand the usage of the road and any speed issues, and to assist in deciding on the future of the scheme. For example, for the Old Shoreham Road temporary cycle lane, initial data shows a 61% increase in the number of cyclists.

Cyclists were still using the road when a cycle lane was available

Even if a cycle lane is provided, cyclists may legally use the main carriageway if they wish to. There may be many reasons for this including cyclists who are turning right into a side road or at a junction and therefore need to be in the main carriageway, or on routes where provision of cycle facilities is limited and cyclists do not want a complex journey on and off the different types of cycle facilities (e.g. cycle facilities shared with the pavement). Provision of future facilities should avoid some of these problems as the council will be required to put in place higher quality cycling facilities separate from pedestrians and traffic, in line with the new national cycling design guidance.

Cyclists don’t pay road tax

Roads are paid for from general taxation and not directly by vehicle drivers. If you pay tax, you pay for roads. Drivers of vehicles pay Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) which is related to paying for the emissions a vehicle produces. This is paid to central government treasury funds and is not directly related to road spend either nationally or locally.

You’ve widened pavements and restaurants / cafes are just using the space for their tables and chairs.

In many locations additional provision has been made for businesses to expand into public spaces in order to operate safely for both customers and staff. Where possible we have allowed expansion of tables and chairs but only where it does not affect the safety of road users including those with disabilities.

What is the LCWIP?

The LCWIP is the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, a strategic document currently in development for the city. This document aims to set out a network of improvements for walking and cycling in the city. Find out more about the LCWIP. The draft LCWIP document will be subject to public consultation later this year, following stakeholder involvement in its development to date.

In order to inform the temporary transport changes, an Interim Covid-19 Response LCWIP (Interim LCWIP) was also produced, this considered at a high level the potential for where improvements could be put in place in the city in response to Covid-19 and the need for social distancing / more capacity for walking and cycling.

The temporary changes mean we can’t easily park in the city anymore

Where possible we have tried to minimise impact on parking, however in some locations parking has had to be removed to make the changes possible. To create the walking and cycling changes government needs us to, we need safe and continuous access along these routes. The council has to make the best use of road space for all users and this is a balance between different needs. We would strongly encourage those who can to walk and cycle for local journeys.

The seafront cycle lane looks different to the picture

Pictures circulated in the press showed a ‘vision’ for a potential permanent option for the A259 route for cycling. This is not what we are putting in place as a temporary change. See the temporary scheme details and download a more detailed version

Mythbusters: Learn the facts about the temporary transport changes

Read our 'mythbusters' to learn about the changes and what will happen in the future. 

Myth

“The council is not consulting on changes”

Fact

For temporary changes, feedback is gathered when the scheme is in place and changes can quickly be made (for example the removal of a section of the temporary seafront cycle lane). If a change is to be made permanent it will need a decision by councillors and any significant changes would require further consultation. 

Myth

“There is no need for these changes”

Fact

Councils were instructed by central government to quickly put in place temporary walking and cycling changes in response to Covid-19, to help social distancing, provide space to move around the city safely, avoid overcrowding on public transport and limit the spread of the virus.

Myth

“Temporary changes will automatically be made permanent”

Fact 

Temporary changes will not automatically be made permanent. All schemes are monitored and any changes will be reviewed and decided by councillors. If a change is to be made permanent it will need a decision by councillors and any significant changes would require further consultation. 

Myth 

“The council could spend this money in better ways”

Fact

The funding is very specific to walking and cycling measures and cannot be used for other purposes. If we do not spend the money on the schemes we have set out to government, we must repay the money. 

Myth

“The council has rushed these changes”

Fact

Initial schemes had just an 8-week timescale from government due to the urgency of the Covid-19 response needed. As changes were put in quickly this means ongoing feedback and monitoring is being collected and changes can be made if needed.