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Public backs £1m transport scheme for Brighton street
6:00pm Tuesday 9th July 2013 in News
A £1 million scheme to improve a key transport route has received the backing of the public.
As part of plans to improve Edward Street in Brighton, Brighton and Hove City Council wants to install shared bus, taxi and cycle lanes along the dual carriageway.
The local authority believes the plans will lead to quicker bus times and encourage more people to walk, cycle or use public transport.
A six-week consultation on the scheme took place with about twothirds of responders backing the scheme.
Pete West, chairman of the council’s environment committee, said: “The proposals should smooth the way for the very large numbers of people travelling to and from big destinations like the new hospital, those generally travelling east-west along this busy corridor, as well as local residents crossing over it to reach areas like St James' Street.
“It’s crucial we take steps to make more sustainable modes of transport work efficiently on major routes like Edward Street.”
Coun West said the scheme, which will be discussed by councillors at a meeting today, builds on projects in Seven Dials and Lewes Road.
The proposal is largely paid for out of a government grant towards a Better Bus Area.
This money can only be spent on transport improvements.
If approved by the council’s transport and environment committee, a formal traffic order will be advertised.
Depending on the outcome, work could begin later this year.
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