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NCN2 George V Avenue to Sea Lane

Submitted by Fonant on Wed, 2010-09-22 14:40

Wish type(s): New infrastructure

National Cycle Network Route 2: High quality, off-road cycle path / shared use space from George V Avenue to Sea Lane.

Comment: original request was to meet Aldsworth Avenue, but in fact getting as far as Sea Lane would avoid most of the worst roads along the seafront.

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Local Sustainable Transport Funding??

Submitted by Fonant on Thu, 2012-08-09 11:23.
This scheme, at least the bit from the Prom to Sea Lane, was included explicitly in the latest LSTF bid. The only cycling scheme in the whole of Worthing.

WSCC have been awarded £2.3 million, roughly half the maximum award, for their LSTF bid of which this facility was part. That should provide plenty of cash to widen the existing concrete path here, just as was done some years ago between Worthing and Lancing to the east.

An initial press release from WSCC seemed to imply that the Department for Transport had refused to fund any sustainable transport schemes in Worthing. It’s unclear whether this is the case, as the new “localism” agenda would suggest that local people know best where to spend the money. WSCC say that they’re reviewing (again) the priorities to decide where to spend the millions of free money they’ve won.

Another odd aspect of this scheme in the LSTF bid is that WSCC have costed it at £500,000 to build. Which is many times more expensive than the almost-identical footpath widening between Worthing and Lancing. I’ve yet to discover why this simple widening is expected to be so massively expensive. Unlike the recent pavement conversions we’ve seen in Worthing, this scheme has no side roads, nothing that needs moving, no drainage issues, and plenty of space.

A high-quality off-road cycle

Submitted by bicyclejohn on Thu, 2010-11-11 18:06.
A high-quality off-road cycle path along the seafront has the potential to be one the most succesful routes in the country. It’s flat; not crossed by any roads; links highly populated areas; and is useful as both utility and leisure route.
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