Have your say on infrastructure deficiencies in our area

South Coast Alliance for Transport and the Environment (SCATE)

SCATE held a very positive meeting with the National Park authority about our Transport Vision and the need to promote more sustainable transport within and to the Park (for the Park’s own sake and for carbon reduction reasons).

SCATE agreed to draw up a network of on road routes that are needed for sustainable transport; primarily for cycling, but can include walking (crossing major roads), bus routes and links to train stations.  This will then be presented to the Park Authority to create an official map and to work with them to achieve changes where they can be made.

So if you know of a missing link that is deterring you, or is very unpleasant or dangerous to use, please let us know about it (you can tell us about as many as you like).  For example, if you live in Lewes you might want to nominate the A273 going out of Lewes through Offham – it’s a fast and busy road and a barrier to people cycling out to Hamsey, or the quiet lanes around Cooksbridge.

Please email Vic Ient on sussexcampaign@gmail.com with your suggestions.  Please name the road and specify the section where you feel something needs to be done.  If possible say what the main issues are and what would make it feel safer and more pleasant to use the route: suggestion! s could include:

  • segregated cycle lanes
  • off-road cycle track
  • lower speed limit
  • green lane implementation (changing the feel of the road to one where walking and cycling are to be expected)
  • better road crossing (could be for people walking as well as cycling)
  • any other suggestions you have 

If you feel a particular location or road should have a bus service (and isn’t currently served) let us know about it and any other infrastructure needed, such as bus stops.  If a place is currently served by bus but poorly and needs improvements, let us know where these are too and what could be improved.

Finally, any trains stations which need better links to the National Park – what deters you or others from using them?

Many! thanks in advance – please share with others who might have suggestions and maybe quiz people who drive too to get a sense of what stops them from leaving their car at home.

Kind Regards

SCATE

Department for Transport pledges £21 million to improve the National Cycle Network in England

Sustrans is excited to announce that the UK Government have pledged an incredible £21 million to improve significant on and off-road stretches of the National Cycle Network.

Money will be put towards many of the England activation projects, working with partners across England, and especially Highways England (who they already work with on the Network) and around the HS2 corridor.

Their vision for the Network is a good one, and a timely one. The Network is an asset for all our nations and regions.

They have set their stall out with honesty and rigour, and provided a clear plan of what they would like to do – not by themselves, but by working with others.

So it’s great to see this approach lead to investment. The Network has attracted considerable investment in Scotland, but it’s been a struggle to get traction in England for some years.

They are now in a position to fund more activation projects and explore new opportunities. They’ll also be looking to attract investment for improvements in Wales, London and Northern Ireland.

You can read more about this investment and what it means for Sustrans and the National Cycle Network on their website.

 

Newhaven pump track and skate park planning committee

We are looking for volunteers to be involved in the planning and design of the new pump track and skate park in Newhaven. If you would like to get involved, please contact Jon Younghusband through Contact Committee.

The first meeting is likely to be on Thursday 27th September at 5 pm, but this has not yet been confirmed.

This exciting development, for which funding has been obtained, really needs the input of local cyclists.

Back the Campaign for Road Safety

Four years ago, the Westminster Government recognised that our road traffic laws weren’t working and promised a full review of traffic offences and penalties. Following this announcement, not much has happened, but an estimated 1,800 pedestrians have died on our roads since 2014, with 99.4% of pedestrian deaths on Britain’s roads involving a motor vehicle.

Now, instead of the full review, the Government has announced they will look just at cycling offences!

Cycling UK sees this limited review as a wasted opportunity to look at the bigger problems with road traffic laws, and the way the justice system deals with irresponsible, careless and dangerous behaviour by all road users. 

That’s why Cycling UK says the Government must widen their review, and especially take action to:

  • Simplify and improve the legal definitions of unsafe driving behaviour
  • Increase the use of driving disqualifications, closing the “exceptional hardship” loophole

Cycle Seahaven invites its members to examine this Campaign and, if in agreement, support it by taking the action suggested.  It will only take two minutes of your time and could, in the long run, save someone’s life, maybe yours.  You don’t have to be a CyclingUK member to take this important action.

Full details can be found HERE

Dr Bike is Back! JUST!

The final two Dr Bike Surgeries run by Cycle Seahaven will be at Seaford on Saturday 6th and Peacehaven on Saturday 20th October.

Ethos:- Bikes out of sheds and back into safe use

What we are:- 

‘Dr Bike’ is a group of cycle enthusiasts from Cycle Seahaven who want to help local people to use their bikes more. If you are not pedalling because of dodgy brakes, stiff gears, rattles, creaks or soft tyres, then bring your poorly cycle to the Cycle Seahaven Dr Bike surgery.

We are all passionate cyclists, some even have maintenance qualifications, but we will give your bike a safety check and try our hardest to get your cycle fixed, so you get back in the saddle!

What we are not :-

We do not offer a fully equipped bike repair shop – The area is fortunate to have two of these already – but we do have the skills, tools & enthusiasm to carry out basic repairs & maintenance.

Cycle Seahaven Dr Bike Activities 2018  from March to October

Seaford Council Offices / Police Station Forecourt first Saturday of the month from 10:00 – 12:15

Big Park Peacehaven third Saturday of the month from 10:00 – 12:15

Any queries or offers of help to Dr Bike via our Contact page

Egrets Way Planning Update

The Egrets Way project have applied for planning permission at two locations:

  1. to create a link from Railway Lane (just off Cliffe High Street, Lewes) through the Railway Lands past the Linklater Pavilion, and on to Ham Lane. This will join up to an existing section of Egrets Way that goes from Kingston, past Spring Barn Farm, through the Stanley Turner ground, along Ham Lane to The Cockshut, and on to the Lewes waste disposal site;
  2. to create a link through Piddinghoe village using existing footpaths along the river bank. This take the route past the boathouse and onto the newly-laid footpath and round the sailing pond. The new section of footpath retains its No Cycling status, so we will need to walk this bit.

The full planning application (SDNP/17/05291/FUL) is available on the South Downs National park website HERE, or you can jump directly to this planning application be clicking HERE.

Finding a route through Piddinghoe has proven to be tricky for many years, so we urge everyone who wishes to see a flat, traffic-free walking and cycling route between Newhaven and Lewes to support this proposal. There are already some objections to these plans, so every letter of support will help secure the next steps in achieving the whole route.

There are a few ways in which you can show your support:

  1. log into the SDNP site (you will need to set up an account) and go HERE then click on the button ‘Make a comment’ to leave support as a member of the public;
  2. use the form at the bottom of this page to leave comments which we will collate and add as part of the club’s formal response.

This is very short notice and we only have till noon on Friday 5th Jan, so please do it now.

Thanks in advance.


If you don’t use the SDNP website to leave comments then please use this one –
This option has now lapsed. You have until the end of Friday 5th jan to use the above links to leave your support.


other stuff
Pointers for supporting comments:

  1. when completed Egrets Way will be a flat, traffic -free route from Newhaven to Lewes;
  2. suitable for kids and the less able, as well as cycle commuters between Lewes, Peacehaven (via Valley Road and Dean’s Farm) and Newhaven;
  3. it will link up –
    • our  International sea port to our county town;
    • the villages all along the West bank of the Ouse: Pidinghoe, Rodmell, Southease, Northease Swanbourough, Iford, Kingston and Cranedown;
    • the South Downs Way, pubs, farm shops, wildlife areas, the Railway Lands & Linklater Pavillion;
    • rail stations at Newhaven, Southease and Lewes (meaning you can get the train for part of the way if you wish).

Click HERE for more on the Egrets Way project.

Click HERE for the Egrets Way website

 

A27 up-grade – some positive news.

 

Following the publication of the Preferred Route for the eventual Up-grade to the A27 (see http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/a27e2/) members have made representations to various bodies complaining about the lack of north-south crossings on the A27.

 

The following is a response to letters concerning this lack of north-south crossings and the proposed “ghost” crossing at Wilmington received from the ESCC Lead Member for Transport, Cllr. Nick Bennett.

 

 

Mr Rowswell,

Thank you for your email of 19 October in relation to pedestrian and cycle provision as part of the A27 East of Lewes smaller scale interventions.

Highways England has engaged with the County Council, and other key stakeholders including Sustrans and the South Downs National Park Authority, over the last couple of years as they have developed and consulted upon their proposals for the A27 East of Lewes. The Preferred Route Announcement made by Highways England in late September identifies a package of localised improvements on the A27 corridor between Lewes and Polegate which will increase capacity and improve safety.  Whilst the package of improvements are welcomed, these will only deal with the issues with the current route in the short term.  Therefore, along with the local MPs, other local authority leaders and the business community, we are lobbying for a more comprehensive solution (ie. an offline dual carriageway) to address these capacity, journey time reliability, safety issues in the medium and long term as well as support housing and employment in the area.

As you highlight, the preferred route announcement package of improvements includes a shared use path along the length of the A27.  At present Highways England are still considering whether the shared use path will be north or south of the road, but from ongoing discussions with Highways England on the package of improvements, our understanding is where possible they would like the shared use path to be away from the main road, albeit that might not be practicable in some locations.

I note your comments in relation to the provision for cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians going north – south across the A27.  The funding for the A27 is specifically for improvements on the section of the road between Lewes and Polegate and cannot be used for improvements off the strategic road network. 

However we have had separate discussions with Highways England and the National Park in relation to how improvements can be made to non-motorised user routes either side of the A27 and thereby make the case for monies from the HE’s Roads Investment Strategy Cycling Programme, which is a designated fund of £100m available up to 2020 to deliver safer cycling infrastructure near or across the Highways England road network. As part of our ongoing engagement with Highways England on the design of the smaller scale interventions, my officers will also continue to make the case to them for monies from this funding pot to improve pedestrian and cycle facilities north and south of the A27 into the National Park.

Finally, in relation to your comments regarding the lack of crossing facilities as part of the proposals for Wilmington, the scheme does include the introduction of a signalised crossing to the west of the staggered ghost island junction which will provide a safe place for pedestrians and cyclists to cross and thereby address the concerns you raise.

I trust the information above is of interest.

Yours sincerely,

Councillor Nick Bennett

Lead Member, Transport and Environment

East Sussex County Council

Proposed “upgrading” of A27 – Beddingham to Polegate

A27 East of Lewes road improvement scheme

Preferred Route Announcement from Highways England

The preferred route is detailed in the linked document.  Briefly, there is a shared use path from Beddingham to Polegate for pedestrians and cyclists; there are small changes at Drusillas Junction and very small changes at Wilmington, together with changes at Polegate junction.

However, there are no changes proposed for Firle nor Selmeston, and no centre refuge at Wilmington, only a “ghost island” !  Guess who’s going to end up as ghosts!

See the document at Preferred Route document

Our original assessment of these proposals was posted on 21st Nov 2016, here: A27 East of Lewes – infrastructure schemes

Peacehaven Cycleway now open

Footpath Clearance, ready for the cycle way


Footpath open and ready for use

 



By Andy Lock, on October 31st, 2016:

The footpath at the end of the A259 walking/cycling path between Newhaven and Peacehaven is being upgrade to allow cyclists. This is an ideal alternative for cyclists looking to ride between Peacehaven and Newhaven whilst avoiding the bottleneck on the approach to Downland Avenue. The official notice suggest this will be complete by the end of November.

As one of the items identified by Cycle Seahaven’s review of Peacehaven (http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/peacehaven-cycle-route-ideas-pt-2/)  it’s great to see this short section being upgraded to allow safer cycle journeys between Newhaven and Peacehaven on National Cycle Network route #2.

A259 to Ashington Gardens

Footpath ‘Peacehaven 12’ between A259 and Ashington Gardens

Additional:

Cycle Seahaven’s list of ideas for Peacehaven: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/peacehaven-cycle-route-ideas-pt-2/

Our campaigns page: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/campaigns/