Brighton hospital neighbours raise concerns about construction traffic

Posted On 26 Sep 2011 at 9:49 pm

People living near Brighton and Hove’s main hospital were offered some reassurance tonight about lorry traffic during a huge rebuilding project.

Construction traffic is unlikely to use Wilson Avenue, neighbours were told at a Royal Sussex County Hospital Hospital Liaison Group meeting.

Plans for rebuilding the southern half of the Royal Sussex site were submitted on Friday to Brighton and Hove City Council.

Rhod MacLeod, of consultant WSP, said that the project managers had wanted to use Sheepcote Valley as a “consolidation centre” where tons of building materials would be stored.

But the site had been ruled out and dozens of lorries a day would almost certainly be routed through Old Steine and Eastern Road.

Mr MacLeod said that the site of the consolidation centre had still not been chosen.

He also said that a transport plan was being developed to try to reduce patient journeys in the future although overall parking capacity would increase.

East Brighton Labour councillor Gill Mitchell raised the width of the pavement in Eastern Road, saying it looked narrow.

A number of residents asked whether the bus stops could include pull-ins.

They were told that Brighton and Hove Buses opposed these as they slowed down journeys.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Royal Sussex, is to hold an exhibition about its plans.

The first exhibition is likely to open in the Jubilee Library in Brighton on Saturday 8 October and run until the following Wednesday.

Further exhibitions are planned for Hove Library and the trust’s Audrey Emerton Building in Eastern Road.

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