- upgrades to public transport facilities such as real time bus signs, bus shelters & accessible bus stops
- cycling improvements
- traffic signal upgrades
- pedestrian improvements along Lewes Road
- better links to the new South Downs National Park
The Argus report (20 March) on plans for the Lewes Road made interesting reading. Living Streets Brighton and Hove Group welcomes this long-overdue plan, which should begin to address the problems of air quality, safety and congestion which currently afflict this area.
Your intrepid reporter would have got a different perspective on the need for these changes if, rather than getting in his car and driving along Lewes Road, he was to experience it as a bus user, a cyclist or a pedestrian.
The comments in the article from some motorists were sadly predictable. It would be interesting to ask motorists why they believe that their interests come before other people. I’m thinking of those who live in the area, and other users of Lewes Road - on foot, on a bike, or on a bus. This question seems particularly relevant as the data shows that, each day, there are 25,000 car journeys (mostly single-occupancy) and 35,000 bus passengers in Lewes Road – indicating that “motorists” are in the minority.