MOTORCYCLES will not be running at the world's oldest motoring event due to changes on the road including a new cycle lane.

That is according to the Vintage Motor Cycle Club (VMCC), which said the decision was taken on safety grounds.

The Brighton Speed Trials has been running on Madeira Drive, Brighton, since 1905 after resident Sir Harry Preston convinced the town council to tarmac the road for motoring events.

However, a permit for motorbikes has not been granted this year due to recent changes on the road including a new two-way cycle lane and pedestrian crossing points.

The governing body for car events, Motorsport UK, previously granted a track certificate and permit for cars.

The event is due to take place on September 4 for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic.

The Argus: Brighton Speed Trials is widely considered to be the oldest motring event in the world

A VMCC spokesman said: "It is with regret that we have to announce that the motorcycles will not be running at this year's Brighton Speed Trials.

"It is a great shame but we have to accept their decision.

"We must all remember that the safety criteria for cars is somewhat different for bikes.

The Argus: The decision was reportedly taken on safety grounds

"The ACU (Auto-Cycle Union) inspected the track and have decided that on the grounds of safety, a track certificate and permit cannot be issued this year.

"Some of the reasons given were the green painted cycle lane the red painted pedestrian crossings.

"There are projections which have been moved during recent works and are a cause for concern to name a few, however, they have promised to proactively be in contact with the city council to try to resolve these issues as they are keen to help us run in 2022.

"The cars will be running and we always appreciate their kind invitation year on year and wish The Brighton and Hove Motor Club great weather and a fast, safe and successful day and look forward to returning in 2022."

The changes to the road were agreed at a meeting of the environment, transport and sustainability committee in September last year.

The Argus: Councillor Steve Davis, member of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability (ETS) committee, Councillor Amy Heley, Chair of the ETS committee and Councillor Jamie Lloyd, Deputy Chair of the ETS committee

They were introduced to create more pace for both walkers and cyclists and retain vehicle access to the road.

The changes have been made through an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO), which means the council can develop the scheme further if required.

You can also comment on the changes up to November 29, 2021.

The council has been approached for comment.