A bid to fund a major rapid transport scheme for Brighton & Hove has been submitted to the Department for Transport. The application was put on hold last year to enable Brighton & Hove City Council more time to strengthen its case.
The bid, worth £19.5 million, would finance initial start-up and operating costs for a completely new, limited-stop public transport service. It would offer a fast, reliable service along the seafront, connecting with other transport interchanges and popular destinations in the city.
The new system would link the city centre to Brighton Marina in the east and the King Alfred in the west, as well as a possible Park & Ride site in the north. One proposed route provides a direct service to American Express and the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the environment committee, said, “Rapid transport is one of five complementary transport priorities which will help us provide a sustainable transport network for the city. It will encourage less car journeys, give people increased travel choice and help us fight congestion and pollution.”
The bid has been developed to utilise hybrid electric vehicles. These would be both highly fuel-efficient and have low emissions.
If the bid is successful, the funding would provide 50% of the capital costs, with 50% available for borrowing. A further £4 million is being applied for to finance a potential Park & Ride site.
Councillor Mitchell added, “Any future Park & Ride site could be linked into the system to provide swift journeys into the city centre for those visiting or travelling to work from outlying areas.”
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