A SERIES of dedicated bus lanes are being proposed for one of the town’s busiest roads.
East Sussex County Council (ESCC) has launched a public consultation on the move and is seeking residents’ views on the introduction of new dedicated bus lanes on the A259 Bexhill Road in St Leonards.
Highways chiefs say the proposals form part of a range of highway improvements which are being introduced to complement the opening of the new Bexhill to Hastings Link Road.
They said with traffic levels on the notoriously congested A259 expected to fall by around 40 per cent as motorists divert to the new road, the council is proposing to introduce five new sections of bus lane after the Link Road opens in May 2015.
The five new lanes, between Glyne Gap roundabout and Filsham Road, will be accompanied by work to upgrade the bus stops along the route, including new shelters, raised kerbs and real-time passenger information signs.
The works are a requirement of the planning permission for the Link Road and also a condition on the Department for Transport’s funding contribution to the new road.
Cllr Carl Maynard, the county council’s lead member for transport and environment, said: “The building of the Link Road will have a dramatic effect in easing the long-standing problem of congestion on the A259.
“At the same time, it gives us a unique opportunity to implement changes which will reduce bus journey times and improve reliability, building on the success already achieved by the Hastings Quality Bus Partnership.
“The new bus lanes, along with the improvements to bus stops, will result in a vastly improved experience for existing bus passengers and hopefully encourage more people to use public transport.
“We’re asking people to let us have their views, which will be taken into account in finalising the proposals.”
The consultation runs from today (Friday) to Friday, February 28. More information, including the consultation questionnaire, will be available from today online at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay.
Public exhibitions will be held today from 2pm to 7pm and tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am to 2pm at West St Leonards Community Centre, in Bexhill Road.