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Route 88 now connects all the way to the centre of Selsey

Route 88 now connects all the way to the centre of Selsey, thanks to the agreement of Cove Communities to allow access for bikes through their site from Medmerry. This means for the first time ever you will be able to travel from Chichester to Selsey on quiet lanes or off road. It is hoped that the final signing will be complete this month. Also Cove have agreed to pay for the signing of the route across Medmerry from their site at Medmerry to Selsey. Signing will also take place as soon as final approval is received from Nick Scott [WSCC ].

Horsham District Council Task and Finish Report on Active Travel adopted

Here is the information about the HDC Task and Finish Group report on Active Travel which was approved by Full Council on April 27th (Item 8). Thanks to Cllr Mike Croker for setting it up and chairing.

RECOMMENDATIONS ADOPTED BY COUNCIL:

People on foot and people on cycles - infrastructure gap

In West Sussex, people on foot have 8036 kms where they are segregated from motorised traffic. People on cycles have 1398 kms where they are segregated from motorised traffic.  See the facts on the attached table.   Some at WSCC believe that walking is 'more important' than cycling and that there needs to be a walking forum.   Modal shift will not come from even a doubling of walking infrastructure; whereas 8036 kms of good quality cycling infrastructure would work wonders.

Active Travel England is to begin work from York this summer.    

 Active Travel England (ATE), the government's new funding body and inspectorate for walking and cycling, will be based in York from summer 2022 with around 100 members of staff. The first National Commissioner was announced in January as Chris Boardman (right), Olympic gold medallist and former Transport Commissioner for Greater Manchester. Brian Deegan has since been confirmed as Interim Head of Inspection.

WSCC opt for Pegasus crossing not a bridge at A281 fatality crossing

From the WSCC Press Release of 19th April 2022 - Three options were considered: a bridge, a Pegasus crossing, or a traffic island – the island has been ruled out because there is insufficient land to accommodate one at the site.  Cllr Joy Dennis (Cabinet Member for H&T) said: “The initial estimated cost for a bridge is approximately £2million.

West Sussex Transport Plan is approved.

The West Sussex Transport Plan (WSTP) was approved by Full Council on April 1 2022.   https://westsussex.moderngov.co.uk/documents/b10142/Item%2010%20-%20West%20Sussex%20Transport%20Plan%20Appendix%20A%2001st-Apr-2022%2010.30%20County%20Council.pdf?T=9.    The Plan has taken longer to produce than anticipated but it's now here and sets the scene for transport planning from now until 2036.   The WSCF and others have pointed to a lack of ambition and emphasis that would favour Active Travel over what might be called inactive travel - i.e.- roads for motorised transport.

Active Travel - Local Authority Toolkit

The Government has issued The Active Travel Toolkit for Local Government to be guided by.  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/active-travel-local-authority-toolkit/active-travel-local-authority-toolkit

WSCC sets up group to improve road safety in West Sussex

Executive Task and Finish Group: Traffic Management and Road Safety 

West Sussex County Council's Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport has established an Executive Task and Finish Group (TFG), chaired by Cllr Richardson (Cabinet Member Adviser on Road Safety), that will assist in the review of various elements of traffic management policy and approach.  The TFG will meet for the first time in April and is expected to review, but not be limited to, the following matters:

5 kilometre extension of the Centurion Way

Planning permision has been granted to complete a further 5 kilometre extension of the Centurion Way to link to the South Downs Way at the Hilltop car park in Cocking.  See the update 

Safe cycle path and footpath betwen Arundel and Ford receives widespread backing from Arun District Councillors.

Campaigners asking for a safe cycle path and footpath between Arundel and Ford have cause for celebration after the idea received widespread backing from Arun District Councillors.   See the artice in the local paper 

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