A major 18-month project to install new cycle lanes, widen pavements and improve bus stops on a main road will begin soon.

The scheme will make changes to the A23 Preston Road/London Road between Argyle Road and Preston Drove in Brighton.

Brighton and Hove City Council's transport and sustainability committee approved the plans last October.

The Argus: Works will take place on a section of Preston RoadWorks will take place on a section of Preston Road (Image: Brighton and Hove City Council)

The council said they are designed to improve what is a key transport corridor and make it a safer and more attractive.

Work will start in June and will include pavement widening, installing new cycle lanes and upgraded crossings and improving junctions and bus stops.

Councillor Trevor Muten, chairman of the transport and sustainability committee, said: “This is a great scheme that will really improve this key route in and out of the city.

“The changes will make it safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, improve junctions and bus stops, widen pavements and improve access to Preston Park.

“Whether it be on foot, by four wheels or two, we’re determined to make travelling around Brighton and Hove safer and more pleasant for everyone.”  

The council is making changes to the A23 because it forms part of the National Cycle Network Route 20, between Brighton and Pyecombe, but the current cycle infrastructure on the route falls short of the national design standards for active travel.

The Argus: Pavements will be widened and there will be new cycle lanesPavements will be widened and there will be new cycle lanes (Image: The Argus)

It said the new and upgraded crossings will make crossing the A23 easier and safer for pedestrians.

The scheme will also improve access to green spaces, heritage attractions and Preston Park.

In 2020, the council was awarded £909,000 from the government's Department for Transport to partly fund the scheme.

The project is also funded with money from developers through Section 106 planning agreements and the council's own local transport plan fund.

The Argus: A graphic of the plansA graphic of the plans (Image: Brighton and Hove City Council)

With work set to take a year and a half, the council said it will do "everything possible" to minimise disruption. 

Nearly 3,000 homes and businesses in the area have received information leaflet about the upcoming work.

Updates will be provided on the council's dedicated A23 scheme website: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/onejourneybetter/a23-active-travel-scheme.