Highways England (used to be Highways Agency) are consulting on improving access along the A27 between Lewes and Polegate. All of these schemes appear to include better cycling provision. Cycle Seahaven often runs club rides that need to cross the A27, so this could be great news for both our Road and MTB cyclists, but the devil is in the detail. The cycle provision appears to favour cyclists going along the A27. But if you want to make use of the pedestrian/cycle paths while crossing the busy main road (for example with kids or the less able, with cycle trailers or part of a larger organise ride), the proposals do little to help.
- All the crossings state ‘Pedestrian Crossing’, rather than pedestrian/cycle crossing
- Turning right by bicycle onto the A27 is expected to be done by road, rather than on the shared path. This is evident by the lack of crossings along the minor roads to get onto the walking/cycle paths on the other side of the minor road.
- Cycle routes are cut short where one exists on the other side of the road at junctions. Short sections of cycle path are required as waiting zones when crossing onto the shared paths, or to facilitate quicker and safer crossings.
The consultation documents are not easy to read on-screen: the photographic overlays and lists of objectives/benefits are awkwardly split across two pages. However, the large 19Mb download of the Consultation Displays are easier to read on a PC screen. You’ll need to refer to these when filling out the survey, which we urge you to look at.
Cycle Seahaven would also like to see better provision for cyclists to get to these new cycle lanes, for example along the Alfriston Road to Berwick (part of national Cycle Route 2, Avenue Verte, and links the zoo park and Berwick rail station to Litlington and Alfriston). Unfortunately this is outside the scope of the A27 proposals, but once they are completed the case for better access to the A27 is greatly enhanced. This is why we need to ensure that the infrastructure for cyclists joining and leaving the A27 is already put in place, ready for later improvements to allow cyclists to reach these main routes form our villages and towns.
There are still some consultation exhibitions that can be visited by the public:
- 23rd Nov: Eastbourne – William and Patricia Venton Centre – noon to 7pm
- 26th Nov: Berwick – Village Hall – 10am to 2pm
- 28th Nov: Lewes – Town Council – noon to 7pm
- 29th Nov: Lewes – Town Council – noon to 7pm
More details and the online survey can be found here: https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/a27-east-of-lewes/
This consultation closes on 8th December 2016.
*** UPDATE ***
The proposed schemes have been published. For full information follow the link to our page at http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/a27e2/