Concerns about the scheme to radically redirect traffic and make the gardens more pedestrian friendly have been challenged by the bus company operating the majority of routes in the city.
The £18 million scheme was originally approved by the previous Green administration and has been supported by a £14m offer from the Local Enterprise Partnership. But the Brighton & Hove Independent has reported that Brighton & Hove Bus & Coach Company has said that the scheme could result in years of traffic chaos and congestion, with substantial delays for drivers and bus passengers.
The company has challenged the viability of keeping cars out of bus lanes when they will have to use them to access some streets and is also calling for a 1,000-vehicle park-and-ride to be established near the A23/A27 junction to reduce traffic in the city.
The newspaper reports that Martin Harris, managing director of Brighton and Hove Buses, considers that diverted traffic travelling into the city via the Hangleton Link Road, Old Shoreham Road, and Trafalgar Road, and then along the sea front could double the distance from the A23/A27 junction to the city centre.
It seems likely that a decision on the scheme will be delayed until October to give officers more time to consider the implications of the Valley Gardens proposals and the wider impact in relation to the reduced amount of traffic necessary for the scheme itself to work.
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