A proposed cycle route along Brighton seafront has received £1.2million from the government, Brighton and Hove City Council said today (Monday May 23).
The proposed cycle route would run alongside the A259 Marine Parade between Brighton Marina and the Aquarium roundabout.
The council said: “Our work to encourage active and sustainable travel in Brighton and Hove has received another huge boost thanks to a successful funding offer.
“We have received £1.208 million from the Department for Transport (DfT) for a new cycleway on Marine Parade (A259), a key route linking the eastern areas of Brighton and Hove to the city centre.
“The money was allocated from tranche 3 of the government’s active travel fund.
“We received £663,000 from tranche 1 of the fund in June 2020 and a further £2.376 million from tranche 2 in November 2020.
“This funding is already helping us deliver a range of active travel and pedestrian improvements including the A259 (seafront) and A23.
“Work will now begin to develop this scheme, with designs subject to public consultation with residents, partners and key city stakeholders.
“We will also collect monitoring and evaluation data and work with Active Travel England, a new government body set up to support and oversee active travel projects and led by Olympic champion and Tour de France stage winner Chris Boardman. .”
Green Councilor Steve Davis, who co-chairs the council’s environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: ‘This is another great step in making Brighton and Hove a city built for active and sustainable travel. .
“We want to provide people with safe and accessible infrastructure that allows them to make emission-free travel choices and can help us address the ongoing climate emergency.
“Marine Parade is one of the priority strategic routes in the local cycling and walking infrastructure plan that councilors approved earlier this year (March 2022). Therefore, being able to achieve this so quickly will be great for advancing that long-term vision.
Last week the council announced it had been awarded nearly £80,000 for a ‘mini Holland’ feasibility study to assess how the streets of Hove could be made more pedestrian and cyclist friendly.