A PACKAGE of works proposed for the “Seaside Corridor” in Eastbourne, a stretch of the A259 between Springfield Road and the Langney Roundabout, are going nowhere at present. 

Traders affected have been fighting the plans hard.

The council’s initial proposals for this stretch of road included: dedicated bus lanes in both directions; cycle route and traffic light improvements; the relocation of several bus stops; and new and upgraded pedestrian crossings, including a toucan crossing at the Seaside Roundabout.

These proposals received a significant amount of negative responses, with more than 70 per cent of respondents strongly opposing the plans, mostly due to the loss of parking spaces caused by the installation of new bus lanes. A further seven per cent of respondents opposed the proposals in a more limited way, while fewer than 18 per cent of respondents were in any way supportive. 

In light of the negative consultation response, officers are now recommending the proposals be ‘refined’ in design and scope and should not proceed as part of the BSIP works. 

While this recommendation would allow the scheme to come back in some new form, the scale of the change means the council will need to seek approval from the Department for Transport (DfT) to retain its funding, due to the time-limited nature of the monies.

On Monday (January 15), Cllr Claire Dowling, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for transport and environment, is set to decide what comes next for seven schemes intended to improve bus journey times in Eastbourne, Newhaven and Peacehaven.