Councilors on Upper Shoreham Road in Shoreham cycling map

PLANS to improve Shoreham’s walking and cycling infrastructure have been branded ‘low-brow, piecemeal and wasteful’ by a group of councillors.

Earlier this summer, West Sussex County Council announced it was moving ahead with proposals to install improved junctions at a number of Upper Shoreham Road junctions as part of an Active Travel programme.

The new crossings would be designed to “complement any future cycle path system”.

Upon completion, the Council plans to consider a revised cycle lane scheme that would run from St. Nicolas Lane to Park Avenue and enter the Middle Road corridor.

A spokesman said: “This would aim to avoid areas where losing on-street parking would be contentious.”

The Argus: Upper Shoreham Road pop-up cycle lane in 2020Cycle lane pop-up on Upper Shoreham Road in 2020

But the route did not sit well with Labor and Green members in Adur District Council, who would prefer it to follow Upper Shoreham Road from the Steyning Road junction to the Holmbush roundabout.

In an open letter, Labor councilors Catherine Arnold, Dan Flower, Jeremy Gardner and Debs Stainforth said they were “dismayed and disappointed” by the proposals. The letter was also signed by Green councilors Gabe Crisp and Julian Shinn.

The letter said: “We are reminding officials and representatives [Upper Shoreham Road] has been repeatedly identified as the primary avenue for improved infrastructure and we request that this be actively pursued.”

It added: “They are building years of delays into their current approach rather than taking a much-needed opportunity to improve the safety and environment of this important connecting route for the people of Shoreham.”

In 2020, Upper Shoreham Road was one of six areas in the county to have pop-up bike systems installed before being removed months later.

During a recent council meeting, Chairman Neil Parkin said the route had not been ruled out.

He added that his cabinet mates Angus Dunn and Kevin Boram – who also serve on the county council – were “a bit wild”.

But he cautioned that it was “a difficult situation” as some local residents living along the route were not interested in it returning.

A County Council spokesman said: “We remain committed to further investigating the potential for a cycle path scheme for Upper Shoreham Road, although it is only right to note that our investigations have revealed that even this revised scheme is approximately would cost £6.5million.

“This is due to the extensive renewal and drainage work that would be required. However, we will be speaking to Active Travel England in the Autumn to explore the potential for further development of a cycling map for the Upper Shoreham Road in a Phase Two of suggested improvements.” Councilors on Upper Shoreham Road in Shoreham cycling map

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