Section of Downs Link closed for 3 months from April 14

A section of Downs Link will be closed for 3 months from April 14 for upgrading work on the surface. This work is funded by the EAFRD - an EU body.  The Downs Link surface has been upgraded in Rudgwick, Slinfold and Henfield parishes. Work begins in West Grinstead parish in mid April 2020. It is expected to take 3 months to complete.

HE complete Feasibility Study of Chemroute

Highways England has completed the feasibility study for the Chemroute - linking Chichester and Emsworth.  The report is now shared with WSCC and CDC - their officers are ploughing through the 300+ pages...   I (Geoff ) have been in touch with Jason Hones (the contact at HE) to ask that I, on behalf of the WSCF, and Ian Sumnall/Ian Swann of the CDCF, have an early sight so that we can comment before it's shared with stakeholders.   His promise to involve us is quite genuine but not at this stage.

Ian Sumnall is new Vice Chairman of WSCF

Ian Sumnall is the new Vice Chairman of WSCF.  Peter Smith is stepping down because of the pressure of his Council and cycle campaigning work in Crawley - all of which is now bearing fruit.    

Ian Sumnall has hugely relevant experience of the ways of local goverment having been CEO of Arun District Council for many years and he is extremely well regarded.    He is an active Sustrans volunteer and is the Secretary of the Chichester and District Cycle Forum.

Volunteers clear the cycle/pedestrian path by the Arun Leisure Centre

Sustrans and Bognor Regis Cycle Forum volunteers have cleared the path that runs from the Arun Leisure Centre down to the pedestrian crossing alongside the A2259 in Felpham.  It had become very narrow because of encroaching vegetation on the path; it had become slippery and generally unpleasant. It’s hoped that the work will encourage more students from the FCC to cycle to school and perhaps even use the cycle path instead of the pedestrian path, and vice versa!

2019 Cycling Summit - success!

The 2019 Cycling Summit – held on Thursday November 14 – was a success! See for a report.

Of course the true nature of success is in the outcome – in other words - what changes for the better. More of that later.

New report from Chartered Institution of Highways and Transport - read it!!

Better planning, better transport, better places is a new advice note published by the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT).It contains advice that is relevant to anyone engaged with Local Plans, and new developments in particular.

Update on LCWIP progress

This from Andy Mouland at WSCC: - LCWIPs – the Districts and Boroughs are all on track to produce drafts by end of November.   A lot of work is going on right now (e.g. desire line mapping and street audits) and the intention is to use some of the remaining WSP days for business case training towards the end of the project.   WSCC had a useful meeting last week with Simon Pratt from Sustrans, who is currently re-writing the A&W LCWIP.   The next partners meeting is on the morning of 17th October.   The W&C steering group will be updated that afternoon.

West Sussex County Council's Cycle Design Guide goes live!

After many months of hard work, the Cycling Design Guide is now part of the mandatory reference material for Local Planning Authorities and WSCC Officers.     It is here  -

New cycle way opened! Medmerry - Pagham

A new, 3km cycle route has been completed, linking Pagham Nature Reserve with Medmerry Nature Reserve, boosting facilities for residents, visitors and wildlife enthusiasts alike. The county council’s Public Rights of Way team worked with The Manhood Peninsula Partnership on ideas to bolster tourism in the area - and found that cycling provision was under represented. From this, a £400,000 scheme was devised.

Cycle Forum members elected to Horsham District Council

We now have 4 new cycle forum members elected to Horsham District Council: Ruth Fletcher, Frances Haigh, John Milne (Lib Dem) plus Mike Croker (Green) and a further Green, Bob Platt.    Horsham Lib Dems stood on a manifesto of working with Horsham District Cycling Forum, so all 13 should provide positive support for better cycle infrastructure.  Peter Smith has been reelected in Crawley (Lab).  Paul Brown has been elected in Mid-Sussex District Council (Green), as has Richard Bates (Lib Dem).


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