Improving road safety is on the agenda when members of the Brighton & Hove City Council Environment, Transport and Sustainability (ETS) committee meet next week.
Councillors will be asked to approve a priority list of ten new pedestrian crossings around Brighton & Hove identified through our Pedestrian Crossing Priority Programme.
This is reviewed annually and assesses the need for improvements based on things like casualty data, allowing easier access to things like schools or public transport and helping to support accessibility.
An Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) is also carried out.
The ten areas are:
- London Road at The Deneway (upgrade to a zebra crossing)
- Junction of Goldstone Villas, Clarendon Villas and Eaton Villas
- A293 Roundabout (near Sainsbury’s)
- Elm Grove junction with Hampden Road and De Montfort Road
- Junction of Clarendon Road and Goldstone Villas,
- Old Shoreham Road junction with Lullington Avenue and Weald Avenue
- Surrenden Road, at the point where it is met by Harrington Road
- Whitehawk Road/Roedean Road/Bristol Gardens/Arundel Road
- Goldstone Villas junction with Station Approach
- Elm Grove junction with Bonchurch Road
If approved, investigations into improvements at these locations will commence and where designs are identified for implementation they will be funded through a variety of ways, including with money from the Carbon Neutral Fund, the Active Travel Fund and our Local Transport Plan funding.
In the last financial year, we received 56 requests for crossing points. Of these,
- 11 locations are on the new proposed priority list,
- 1 location has been constructed by another scheme,
- 12 locations were deemed unsuitable or with insufficient information to progress and
- 28 locations did not meet the pre-qualification criteria.
Councillor Steve Davis, Co-Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee said: “The safety of residents is so important, so I’m pleased to see 10 new pedestrian crossings being recommended for approval here.
“We get a lot of requests but can only do so much. The priority programme ensures each site is assessed fairly and that we prioritise those areas where there is the most need for improvement.”
“Our transport budget has been ravaged by 12 years of government cuts and with the increase in vehicle ownership, our roads have become increasingly difficult to cross. I hope these improvements are the first of many.”