Brighton to have new cycle route along Ditchling Road

Posted On 13 Aug 2013 at 1:04 pm

A cycle lane is being planned to run alongside a mile and a half stretch of Ditchling Road in Brighton.

The proposed cycle lane is intended to improve links between Brighton and the South Downs National Park.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded Brighton and Hove City Council £337,000 towards the project which will also include lowering the speed limit along Ditchling Road.

The cycle lane will be a gravel path to be shared with pedestrians and, at the northern end, will cross Coldean Lane and lead to and from Stanmer Park.

The DfT money is part of a £5 million pot of “Linking Communities” funding awarded to the council, the national park and East Sussex County Council and West Sussex County Council.

The money is to spent improving access to the national park by creating a network of cycle routes.

The Ditchling Road proposal has already attracted £100,000 from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

Councillor Pete West

Councillor Pete West

The council wants to make it easier for people to travel between Brighton and Hove and the national park on foot and bike and by bus.

People living in and around Ditchling Road are to be consulted about the proposals which the council said would also benefit the many runners who use the route.

Councillor Pete West, the chairman of the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, said: “This new safe and attractive route would complement our improving city cycle network and help meet the growing demand for cycling from people of all ages particularly children.

“What a wonderful way for them to get out to our fantastic new national park.

“We also anticipate that these proposals will have a positive impact on reducing speed and, crucially, road casualties in the area.”

Trevor Beattie, chief executive of the South Downs National Park Authority, said: “This is a great success for the South Downs National Park and for all those who love to walk or cycle through it.

“The South Downs is England’s most visited and most densely populated National Park and this investment is designed to provide a high-quality cycling experience for cyclists of all abilities and to complement and give access to the existing network of advisory and off-road routes.

“The national park authority has many plans to create new and safer routes, both for commuters and for people cycling for pleasure.

“Now we have the money to put those plans into practice.

“We will be working closely with the local highways authorities and other organisations to take full advantage of this major new funding.”

The council’s consultation starts next Monday (19 August) and runs until Sunday 8 September.

To take part, visit or call the transport planning team on 01273 290487 for more information.


  1. Mr&Mrs D Brownjohn Reply

    Dear Sir/Madam
    I,ve just received through the post a letter from you asking what our views are regarding our area including ditchling road and hollingdean about putting in 20mph
    zones,I am quite in favour of the 20mph around schools and important areas,but as you sound as though you’ve already made up your mind as always, it just makes me
    more annoyed with your policys.Do any of you ever think about the elder generation
    who just cannot get on their bikes, some of them just manage to walk short distances,
    in contant pain, cannot be bounced up and down on busses so their motor car is the
    only way to get from A-B, but I dont think you care at all.
    Anyway as in the past you will not take a blind bit of notice.Don&Anthea Brownjohn 73-&74 pastb walkers& cyclists

  2. andrew white Reply

    another policy that whilst may seem good on a piece of paper will result in considerable disruption elsewhere. what about the traffic congestion caused by cars looking for other routes into and out of town. they cant use the lewes road at peak times due to the bus lanes etc. what about the potential accidents that will be caused by animals wandering around without control and the dangers of cyclists and motorists deciding on using the same piece of road and pedestrians being endangered by cyclists riding recklessly in and outside of cycle lanes. surely someone can think of ways to counter these ideas so as to ensure that both residents and visitors to town can travel safely and efficiently. where are the park and ride schemes, what about older people with mobility problems, we aren’t all cycling fanatics. what about dog walkers. my list is endless !

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