Next steps for exploring Shoreham Active Travel options

This summer, West Sussex County Council engaged and consulted widely on two alternative options for a segregated cycleway in Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham, and the principle of making pedestrian / cycling improvements for school journeys in and around Middle Road, Eastern Avenue and Stoney Lane.

More than 1,600 responses were received on the consultation, which shows there is support for improving cycling and walking facilities in Shoreham, particularly around helping children travel to and from school more safely.

However, neither of the two options for a segregated cycle facility on the Upper Shoreham Road were well supported.

The County Council remains committed to providing cycling and walking improvements and intends to engage further with stakeholders over the coming months to see whether there is a solution for the Upper Shoreham Road and surrounding area that would deliver meaningful improvements, whilst allaying any concerns residents may have.

Part of this work will be to engage more closely with schools. This will help the council to understand what detailed proposals might be achievable.

Joy Dennis, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “First, I would like to thank everyone who took part in the consultation and provided feedback.

“Although it attracted strong support from some people, there was local concern about providing a cycleway on the Upper Shoreham Road. However, there is an appetite to progress some of the measures to encourage walking and cycling in the area, with a focus on school travel.

“The best way to make progress is to carry out further engagement. I realise this could be frustrating for some people, but it’s important to take concerns on board to see if answers can be built into the proposals. This would also give any suggested improvements the best-possible chance of securing the funding needed to progress them.

“The stakeholder engagement will take place over the coming months and we will engage more closely with schools, which will allow us to work on more detailed proposals for further consultation in 2022.”

Tim Loughton, Member of Parliament for East Worthing and Shoreham, said: “I am grateful for the very extensive consultation carried out by the County Council following the earlier survey work carried out by local councillors and myself. It is disappointing that there is no clear consensus about a cycle lane on Upper Shoreham Road at this time and it is essential that we are able to take a large number of local people with us if we can progress such a scheme and that is also a qualification of funding from the Department for Transport.

“Whilst we will need to look at further options in Upper Shoreham Road, I am delighted that work on the very popular suggestion for the crossing over Steyning Road will go ahead shortly and work is now going to be progressed in Middle Road and other surrounding roads to ease congestion and make cycle routes safer for local schoolchildren and families in particular.”

The detailed analysis on the outcomes from the summer consultation are now available on the Your Voice Engagement Hub.