FUNDING that is used to support cycle lanes and pedestrian areas has been halted.

The funding from the government was designed to support staffing and resources to draw up infrastructure plans and behaviour change initiatives.

Brighton and Hove City Council and West Sussex District Council are two of the local authorities that will have to provide further assurances that are required before funding is confirmed.

The Department of Transport said in a statement: "As set out in the Minister of State for Transport's letter to local authorities on July 30 we have, in some cases, given the recent record of an authority or a constituent member of a combined authority, halted all funding until we can be sure of the authority's commitment to active travel.

"This includes, though is not limited to, authorities which to our knowledge have prematurely removed active travel schemes.

"We hope to be able to resolve such issues as swiftly as possible with the authorities concerned.

"In a few cases, relevant assurances have already been received, and funding has not been halted."

The Argus: The A259 cycle lane on Brighton seafrontThe A259 cycle lane on Brighton seafront

This news comes after the cycle lanes installed in Old Shoreham Road, Hove, last year look set to be removed after a series of consultations found they were unpopular.

The funding for cycle lanes came from the capability fund that grant replaced the Access Fund, which ran between 2017 to 2021 and supports the commitments of the cycling and walking plan for England.

The cycling and walking plan hoped to encourage better streets for cycling and people and make cycling and walking more of a focus.

Other local authorities that have had funding halted are Bracknell Forest, Central Bedfordshire, Gloucestershire, Isles of Scilly, Leicestershire, Portsmouth, Shropshire, Thurrock, Torbay, Windsor and Maidenhead and Worcestershire.

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