Improvements to coastal bus route

Bus journeys could be quicker if improvements are made to a major coastal route.

Plans for dedicated bus lanes on the A259 Bexhill Road as part of improvements to the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road are being consulted on by East Sussex County Council.

Traffic levels on the notoriously congested A259 are expected to fall by about 40 per cent as motorists divert to the new road.

Under the plans five new sections of bus lane would open in May 2015.

The new lanes, between Glyne Gap roundabout and Filsham Road, will be accompanied upgraded bus stops including new shelters, raised kerbs and real time passenger information signs.

The improvements are a requirement of planning permission for the Link Road and a condition of the Department for Transport's funding contribution.

Councillor Carl Maynard, lead member for transport and environment, said: “The new bus lanes, along with the improvements to bus stops, will result in a vastly improved experience for existing bus passengers and hopefully encourage more people to use public transport.”

A consultation runs from January 31 to February 28.

More information, including the consultation questionnaire, will be available from January 31 online at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay.

The public exhibitions will be held on January 31 from 2pm to 7pm and February 1 from 10am to 2pm at West St Leonards Community Centre, in Bexhill Road.

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7:12am Mon 27 Jan 14

Baffled of Brighton says...

If traffic levels are due to fall on the A259, then bus journey times would decrease without the need to spend lots more money?
If traffic levels are due to fall on the A259, then bus journey times would decrease without the need to spend lots more money? Baffled of Brighton

7:25am Mon 27 Jan 14

HJarrs says...

This is clearly anti-car.
This is clearly anti-car. HJarrs

7:28am Mon 27 Jan 14

Sussex jim says...

There is already a bus lane between Bexhill and Hastings. It's called a railway.
There is already a bus lane between Bexhill and Hastings. It's called a railway. Sussex jim

9:53am Mon 27 Jan 14

salty_pete says...

The implementation of the bus lane at Rottingdean has led to longer queues of stationary traffic at peak times preventing the buses from even getting to the lane going eastwards in the evening, and is largely ignored by drivers going westward in the morning. I would suggest the councilors take a long look at the Rottingdean abomination (at peak times) before committing substantial funds for a bus lane between Bexhill and Hastings.
The implementation of the bus lane at Rottingdean has led to longer queues of stationary traffic at peak times preventing the buses from even getting to the lane going eastwards in the evening, and is largely ignored by drivers going westward in the morning. I would suggest the councilors take a long look at the Rottingdean abomination (at peak times) before committing substantial funds for a bus lane between Bexhill and Hastings. salty_pete

11:10am Mon 27 Jan 14

Joshiman says...

Dont do it !!!!.Come over to Rottingdean /saltdean and check for yourself what a shambles it is.Permanent traffic jams now.Pre Bus lane it was an easy commute.
Dont do it !!!!.Come over to Rottingdean /saltdean and check for yourself what a shambles it is.Permanent traffic jams now.Pre Bus lane it was an easy commute. Joshiman

12:43pm Mon 27 Jan 14

FC says...

Yeah! Cool! Let's sort out a minor issue instead of the chaos in the centre of town! WELL DONE!
Yeah! Cool! Let's sort out a minor issue instead of the chaos in the centre of town! WELL DONE! FC

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