We need your input – creating a more accessible road network in the National Park
Help us complete that Missing Link! Do you know of a missing road link that is deterring you from walking or cycling in the National Park? If you do read on……….
The Friends of the South Downs (South Downs Society), along with organisations such as CPRE Sussex, Transport Action Network and the Sussex Wildlife Trust support an alliance which aims to persuade local councils, the National Park and the Government to develop safe and sustainable transport as well as better land use in planning. This organisation is titled: SCATE (South Coast Alliance for Transport and the Environment).
The Friends of the South Downs and SCATE held a very positive meeting with the National Park Authority in the early autumn about the need to promote safe and sustainable transport within and to the Park. The Park echoed our concerns and were enthusiastic about our idea that a survey should be made of road routes that need action to provide for sustainable transport; primarily for cycling, but can include walking (crossing major roads), bus routes and links to train stations. With the help of volunteers our Society and SCATE will draw up a target list of routes that need attention. When complete we will then present this to the Park Authority who have agreed to create an official map. This can then be used as a basis for negotiating with councils and government to obtain the necessary investment. It will also be useful to help guide investment via a ‘Section 106 agreement’ and ‘Community Infrastructure Levy’. In this later phase we will continue to work with the National Park to achieve change where we can. We hope also the survey will also contribute to the ongoing work related to the South Downs National Park Partnership Management Plan and to an update to the Park’s Roads in the National Park document.
The Friends of the South Downs have agreed to coordinate the survey information. So if you know of a missing link that is deterring you, or is very unpleasant or dangerous to use, please let us know (you can tell us about as many as you like). For example, if you live in Lewes you might want to nominate the A273 going out of Lewes through Offham – it’s a fast and busy road and a barrier to people cycling out to Hamsey, or the quiet lanes around Cooksbridge.
Please email Vic Ient our Policy Officer via our Enquires email address: firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions. Chris Todd of Transport Action Network is leading the campaign. You can also contact him on email@example.com
Please name the road and specify the section where you feel something needs to be done. If possible say what the main issues are and what would make it feel safer and more pleasant to use the route: suggestions could include:
- segregated cycle lanes
- off-road cycle track
- lower speed limit
- green lane implementation (changing the feel of the road to one where walking and cycling are to be expected)
- better road crossing (walkers, horse riders and cycists)
- any other suggestions you have
If you feel a particular location or road should have a bus service (and isn’t currently served) let us know about it and any other infrastructure needed, such as bus stops. If a place is currently served by bus but poorly and needs improvements, let us know where these are too and what could be improved. Finally, any trains stations which need better links to the National Park – what deters you or others from using them?
Many thanks in advance – please share with others who might have suggestions and maybe quiz people who drive too to get a sense of what stops them from leaving their car at home.
We hope this initial survey will be completed by the end of January 2020.