Friday, 29 August 2014

Taming the traffic in Brighton and Hove: 20mph and the Old Town

Brighton and Hove continues the move towards being a 20mph city. There was a big step in June when the Speed Limit Orders, which make the 20mph limit the legal speed limit on those roads where it has been implemented, came into force. The result is that in Hove, every road now has a 20 mph limit with the exception of Portland Road, New Church Road, The Kingsway, Sackville Road and Hove Street. As a result, the city is becoming safer for pedestrians and cyclists - except where the speed limit remains at 30mph (perversely, including the seafront, one of the areas with the highest number of pedestrians).

With Phase 2 of the 20mph rollout complete, the Phase 3 consultation is currently under way. The area covered incorporates Mile Oak, Hangleton, Woodingdean, Rottingdean, Ovingdean and Saltdean as well as a small number of streets south of the Seafront Road in Hove (Medina Terrace area). The specific proposals for each area, including details of which roads are currently proposed for inclusion/exclusion, can be found at The consultation runs until 6th October.

A related consultation is the Old Town traffic regulation orders - designed to make the most historic part of Brighton more pedestrian-friendly, reducing the conflict with motor traffic caused by high footfall on narrow pavements. Proposals include access restrictions, and the redesign of Little East Street. Details at:

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