North Street in Brighton city centre has one of the highest accident rates in the city and the local authority has been awarded a sum of money to re-jig traffic flow to try to make it safer. But the plans are already proving to be controversial.
The proposals involve modifications to the Clock Tower aimed at slowing traffic and making it easier for pedestrians to cross from north to south including an additional crossing point just before the junction with Western Road.
The most controversial options are likely to be the pedestrianization of Ship Street either near its junction with North Street, which means traffic would not be able to access North Street from Middle Street, or between Union Street and Dukes Lane, meaning that traffic could not access the sea front from North Street.
Taxi drivers have already objected to the idea because it is a popular route for them to avoid the Aquarium roundabout if they want to access the city centre.
There is an exhibition of the proposals in the Chapel Royal in North Street for two weeks until March 13th between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. (not open Sundays).
For a summary of the proposals click on the link below (pdf document 1MB)
Click here to download North Street Proposals
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