Traffic & Transport
HGVs will be deterred with signage from using King George VI Avenue and encouraged to use the A293 junction to access Brighton
Road narrowed to a single lane in each direction
Number of access/egress points to serve the new development, slowing traffic
Road narrowed to a single lane in each direction
Improving connectivity between Toads Hole Valley and the existing residential area
Improved Cycle Routes
New signalised junction will incorporate pedestrian and cycle movements.
Advance cycle stop lines will be provided on the site access and Goldstone Crescent arms to allow cyclists to cross King George VI Ave in advance of the motorised vehicles. This cycle route/crossing is also intended to allow the existing cycle route along Downland Drive to be diverted through the site and avoid the substandard and potentially dangerous crossing currently provided on the bend at Hangleton Road.
Improved Pedestrian Routes
New pedestrian crossings to connect the site to the existing residential area.
New pedestrian facilities will also be provided at the Devils Dyke Road roundabouts to allow pedestrians to safely access the South Downs. Further opportunities existing to the west via the existing pedestrian footbridge across the A27.
Improved Public Transport
No.21 bus diverted into the site via a new bus only priority signalised junction. The bus route would loop within the development before returning to King George VI. The layover of the bus would be relocated within the new development, rather than outside the existing residential properties
The bus operator has requested service 21 should be diverted into the site to serve the development. They have also provided costs to enhance the frequency of the service and duration of the service, allowing the buses to run later into the evening. The site can also access bus route 16 on Downland Drive via the new DDA compliant footways. Bus service 16 is one of the top 6 bus services in Brighton and Hove in terms of frequency and duration.
Encourage Sustainable Travel
The site will provide a Travel Plan and Travel Packs which seek to encourage sustainable travel. One such measure would be the provision of free bus tickets to new residents to encourage them to experience the local bus service.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will more accesses and a lower speed limit help?
At present the configuration of King George VI Avenue is not suitable for the surrounding, predominately residential area. The road encourages fast moving vehicles and is an inappropriate environment for pedestrians. Neighbouring roads cope with similar volumes of traffic and have multiple access and egress points. These residential roads encourage drivers to adapt their driving style to match the area.
The purpose of the proposals to increase the number of access points, as well as lowering the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph, is to change the nature of the road to suit a more residential area, as is the vision of the Council. This will help to create a standard street environment where drivers adhere to the appropriate speeds.
How will the new junctions improve the road?
The new signalised junctions will cater for the majority of traffic from the Toad’s Hole Valley development and will be designed to accommodate both existing and additional traffic. By providing a signal junction towards the south of the site the flow of vehicles will be better managed and improve the egress from Goldstone Crescent. As a result of the new junctions, the current queues along Goldstone Crescent would be removed and the resulting rat running along Woodland Drive reduced.
Why can’t there be access from the roundabout at the top of King George VI?
Access from the roundabout would be required to go through Court Farm, which is in different ownership to the rest of the site. This land received planning permission in 2017 for it’s own redevelopment and as such cannot be included as part of St Congar’s proposals.
Why can’t there be access from the A27?
Access to Toad’s Hole Valley from the A27 presents a number of significant challenges. The topography of the area means the A27 runs at a high level upon a steep bank on the northern boundary of the site. To include a suitable access road from the A27 to Toad’s Hole Valley would be costly and require a substantial amount of space, which could be better utilised.
Won’t traffic just queue down the hill at peak times?
Capacity studies are being undertaken on the majority of junctions within the area, the new signals have been designed with additional capacity with this in mind. These proposed changes will be subject to checks by the Council in order to meet their requirements.
Will this create more air pollution?
As part of the proposals, methods to remove unnecessary Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) traffic and encourage the use of the A27 and A293 to access Brighton and Hove will be considered. The reduction in the number of HGVs and the reduction of vehicles sitting idle in traffic will minimise the impact on air pollution.
Are you just looking at this road or the wider network?
The proposals take into account the wider network. As part of the proposals, St Congar were asked to consider the A27 with the A293, Hangleton Road and the A23, together with numerous junctions within the local area, when formulating the plans.
Why will changing King George VI to a single carriageway help congestion?
King George VI Ave is not a dual carriageway, it is a single carriageway with a lane to allow slower vehicles to be passed, especially HGVs, for only two thirds of the road. As the character of the road changes to fit within a residential area, with a lower speed limit and less HGVs, this additional lane is not needed.
How many parking spaces will be provided?
The car parking standards set out by the Council requires there to be 1 space per home, plus 1 additional space per two homes for visitors. St Congar’s proposals intend to provide more parking than is required to ensure every property has adequate spaces, rather than rely on street parking or overspill to surrounding residential streets. For example, a 3-bed property would have 2 spaces instead of the only 1 required by the Council.
The proposals will also encourage greater use of sustainable public transport, although it is important people have a place to park their car even if they choose to rely on other modes of transport.
What route will the number 21 bus take?
The number 21 bus will enter the site from King George VI Drive, across King George VI Ave via a bus only access on the Drive, it would then loop around the site, where it will lay over before returning to King George VI Drive to continue the existing route. The existing bus route beyond Toad’s Hole Valley will remain the same.
Will the bus be more frequent?
The applicant has met with the operator about running the service longer and more frequently. As part of the proposals, a financial contribution will be given to the Council for investment in areas such as public transport.