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News - 17 January 2009

Brighton & Hove’s £11.4m Rapid Transport System is in danger of slipping away

Delays in progressing the scheme which had made its way up the Regional Transport Board’s priority list and was due to commence last year, have been criticised by the Government

In view of the delays the local authority may be required to reapply for the money for a revised scheme. The £11.4m bid was actually a revision of the original £19m scheme which would have linked a major new park and ride facility on the outskirts of the city with a re-developed Marina and King Alfred site (see earlier stories

The park and ride facility did not get political support, the King Alfred scheme subsequently lost its funding and one of the two Marina schemes was placed on hold due to the economic downturn and the other was rejected at a recent planning committee (see earlier stories)

The Department for Transport (DfT) said in a letter to the regional assembly (SEERA): "Delays in the provision of satisfactory information by Brighton and Hove have prevented progression of this project.

"Given the history of this scheme and its lack of progress the region may wish to review its continued support for the scheme in the second regional funding allocation round."

SEERA responded: "The lack of progress with the scheme is extremely disappointing all the more so given that the board has supported a proposition to accelerate the delivery of the scheme in the past."

A Brighton & Hove council spokesperson said: "We remain committed to the delivery of a rapid transport scheme and to a park-and-ride solution for the city."


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