Friday, 10 February 2012

A Change is Gonna Come: Lewes Road, Brighton

Big changes are coming to transport in and around Brighton’s Lewes Road over the next 3 years, with a major project funded through the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF). Brighton and Hove City Council ran a consultation in November and December 2011, which garnered over 550 responses (full results to be published here.  Responses showed that:
  • Bus was the most frequently used form of transport amongst respondents, followed by cycling and then car
  • Most people said their journey along Lewes Road was either poor or very poor
  • The most commonly identified problems were: traffic congestion, parking in cycle lanes, narrow cycle lanes, and The Vogue Gyratory
  • The most commonly suggested improvements were cycling improvements (particularly at The Vogue Gyratory), improved traffic flow, improved road safety, and quicker bus journey times.
As a result, big changes will be happening along the Lewes Road, with plans going out for consultation in April 2012. Some minor changes are already under way, aimed at reducing congestion, improving air quality, and improving conditions for cyclists. Sam Cooke’s 1964 R& B classic wasn’t about transport policy, nor the Lewes Road, but he still gets the last words,

It’s been a long, long time comin’
But I know a change’s gon’ come, oh yes it will

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