Fewer traffic jams, faster bus journeys and a safer ride for cyclists are the aim of a package of transport measures for one of the busiest roads into Brighton.
The council’s proposals target a notoriously slow section of the A259 seafront route about a mile either side of Rottingdean. They include:
- Bus lanes towards Rottingdean from both the east and west
- Replacing the mini roundabout at Longridge Avenue, Saltdean, with traffic lights
- A longer right-turn lane into Rottingdean High Street
- Off-road cycle paths and walkways
- Five new toucan crossing points over the main road for cyclists and pedestrians.
The improvements are part of a sustainable transport corridor being developed between the city and Newhaven.
Research has shown that the new bus lanes should cut rush-hour journey times from Saltdean to Brighton by 25%, with no negative impact on other traffic. Bus services have doubled in frequency in the last few years, with about a third of travellers on the route using the bus. Lanes would enable further expansion.
New traffic lights at the Longridge Avenue junction aim to prevent jams caused by traffic emerging from the side road holding up vehicles on the A259.
The council is also looking into changing bylaws which currently forbid cycling on the undercliff walk between Saltdean and Brighton Marina. A report will go to a future committee.
Funds permitting, the area south of Rottingdean crossroads could also be made more attractive, with improved paving and resurfacing.
Chairman of the environment committee Councillor Geoffrey Theobald said, “What everyone wants is quicker journeys, however they choose to travel. Faster and more frequent buses should also make it easier for residents to access the city centre for employment and leisure and Brighton station for their commute to London.”
It is hoped the £800,000 scheme should be completed by summer 2008. Councillors are set to discuss the plan at the environment committee on Thursday June 7 at Hove Town Hall.
Extensive consultation has included Rottingdean ward councillors, a public exhibition visited by over 1000 people, displays at civic buildings and street notices.
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