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Outcry at Hove road closure
The first day back to work and school for tens of thousands of people was marked by the closure of a section of busy road.
Part of Old Shoreham Road, Hove, between The Drive and The Upper Drive, was shut in both directions yesterday (January 3) as part of construction work on a new cycle lane.
Crews started work today (January 4) and transport bosses have warned it will be closed until February 6, with delays expected.
The local authority apologised for any disruption, adding the changes, which include junction improvements, would improve road safety in the area.
But motorists complained of delays to journeys which, for many, were the first trips back to work or school after the festive period.
Conservative councillor Ann Norman said: “There was fairly light traffic today but it was absolutely chaotic. What it’s going to be like in peak hours when everyone is back at work I do not know.
“You have to ask how many people are aware of the work that is going on.”
Gary Robinson, 37, of Franklin Street, Brighton, said: “I’m sure the cycle lane will be a positive addition but does the road really need to be closed for a month?”
A spokeswoman for the local authority said it had closed the road so it could have gangs working on both sides of the road at the same time in order to get the job done quicker.
Brighton and Hove City Council transport cabinet member Ian Davey said: “We apologise for disruption to journeys.
"The Old Shoreham Road cycle route is a major piece of work and when complete will provide user-friendly cycling and pedestrian facilities for all, as well as increasing safety for children attending schools in the area."
Work on the £455,000 scheme to build a 1.5km cycle route, which will stretch from the Dyke Road junction to The Drive, began in November and is due to be complete by May.
The scheme was agreed after the local authority was awarded £330,000 from the sustainable transport charity Sustrans.
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