WORK installing a new temporary bike lane along a seafront road is starting today.

The cycle lane will cover a stretch of the A259 between the Brighton Palace Pier and Fourth Avenue in Hove.

It will be used by cyclists travelling westbound and, when a second phase of work is completed later this year, it will extend to the western boundary of the city.

Eastbound cyclists will continue to use the existing cycle lane.

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But the new bike lane will also result in a loss of about 60 per cent of the parking spaces along the A259 in the affected area.

Work is expected to last about two weeks with the first stage of construction due to be carried out at night.

Brighton and Hove City Council has warned that, with the works set to start, all cars must be removed from the south side of the A259 between the Palace Pier and Fourth Avenue.

The Argus:

Any remaining cars which have not been moved will be “towed or relocated so that work can begin on time”.

A council spokesman said: “The temporary cycle lane is part of the Urgent Transport Action Plan produced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and agreed by the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee on June 23.

“It will be funded from money awarded to the council by the Department for Transport’s Covid-19 Emergency Active Travel Fund.

The Argus:

“The new temporary cycle lane will be installed on the south side of the carriageway, it will be up to 3m wide in parts to accommodate all kinds of bikes, including passenger cycles and families travelling together and it will be lightly segregated using plastic bollards and barriers.”

Following the loss of 60 per cent of parking spaces along the stretch of road, the remaining spaces will be offset from the kerb to "maintain an uninterrupted cycle lane".

The Argus:

The council spokesman said: "Parking on the north side of the carriageway will be unaffected.

"All disabled parking bays will be retained although some will be offset from the kerb with additional space provided on either side of the bays with new facilities to ensure additional safety and access.

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"All signal-controlled pedestrian crossings will be retained, and cyclists will be required to stop in the same way as motor vehicles."