Eastbourne Cycle Routes - Eastbourne Town Centre

Closes 24 Sep 2021

Opened 16 Aug 2021

Overview

The proposed route largely consists of on-road facilities to allow cyclists to travel in either direction from Eastbourne railway station, via the Devonshire Quarter (which has been redeveloped as part of a £54m investment in culture, sport and leisure) to the seafront. Access is provided to the existing cycle route on King Edward's Parade between the Wish Tower and Bede's Prep School, as well as the Horsey Way Cycle Route. A map illustrating the proposed route can be viewed here.

To make it easier to review the proposed route and design, the route has been divided into twelve drawings running in a linear fashion from north to south (the railway station towards the seafront).

Click Here for Drawing 1 – Ashford Road/Terminus Road Junction/Station Roundabout – The route connects to the proposed start of the Horsey Way Cycle Route which runs from the railway station to Sovereign Harbour. In the southbound direction, i.e. towards the seafront, cyclists will be required to dismount and walk their bikes along the northern Terminus Road footway outside of the railway station to the pedestrian crossing, at the approach to Station Roundabout. This crossing will be upgraded to a parallel zebra crossing that allows cyclists and pedestrians to cross together, without the need for cyclist to dismount. Cyclists will then turn right before the footway on the southern side of Terminus Road to enter the roundabout in the nearside lane.

In the northbound direction, i.e. towards the railway station, cyclists will not be required to dismount, but instead will travel on-road when turning left into Ashford Road from Terminus Road.

Click Here for Drawing 2 – Station Roundabout to Old Orchard Road – Heading towards the seafront, upon entering the roundabout cyclists will immediately manoeuvre into an advisory cycle lane that takes them past Grove Road before they turn into Old Orchard Road.

In the reverse direction, cyclists will turn right out of Old Orchard Road when safe to do so, and then position themselves in the offside lane of the roundabout. Prominent cycle logos will be provided to promote central placement and provide warning to other road users. Going around Station Roundabout, cyclists will then enter into a short length of advisory cycle lane adjacent to the bus stop on Terminus Road. At this point, they can then continue to the Horsey Way Cycle Route on-road or access the cycle parking at the rear of the Taxi area outside the Station building, with an area of shared footway proposed to remove the requirement to dismount. Seven metres of taxi bays will be removed on the northern side of Old Orchard Road and the junction mouth will be narrowed to improve safety for cyclists.

Click Here for Drawings 3 to 4 – Old Orchard Road/Saffrons Road Junction – The route continues along the carriageway of Old Orchard Road, where on street parking will be formalised by use of parking bays, which allows central placement of cycle symbols to denote the new route in both directions. Cycle symbols spaced along the full length of Old Orchard Road, and specifically at conflict points such as the junctions and the start of parking bays, allow cyclists to establish a prominent position in the carriageway whilst at the same time alerting other road users to their presence. An advisory lane will be provided at the end of Old Orchard Road and cyclists will turn left into a further advisory cycle lane on Saffrons Road.

For the northbound journey, cyclists can position themselves in a new right turn pocket on Saffrons Road to wait, if necessary, for a break in the traffic before they turn into Old Orchard Road.

Click Here for Drawing 5 – Meads Road/Saffrons Road/Grange Road Junction – The existing narrow central island on Meads Road will be removed, and footways on both sides of the carriageway widened to reduce traffic speeds and provide narrow traffic lanes on Meads Road between Saffron Road and Grange Road. In the southbound direction cyclists exit Saffrons Road when safe to do so, then manoeuvre into a right turn pocket on Meads Road before entering Grange Road.

The movement is similar in the northbound direction, where cyclists turn left out of Grange Road and head to the right turn pocket, which allows them to continue into Saffrons Road when the oncoming traffic is clear. Where the kerbline is widened outside the Town Hall and Our Lady of Ransom Church, the existing footway will be surfaced in material suitable for the conservation area.

Click Here for Drawings 6 to 8 – Grange Road – The route continues down Grange Road where on street parking will be formalised by use of parking bays, which allows central placement of cycle symbols to denote the new route in both directions. The cycle symbols will again be spaced along the full length of Grange Road, specifically at conflict points such as the junctions and the start of parking bays.

In the southbound direction a short length of advisory cycle lane crosses the junction with Furness Road.

Click Here for Drawings 9 to 10 – Grange Road/Carlisle Road/Wilmington Gardens Junction – Cyclists remain on the carriageway, turning into Carlisle Road and then Wilmington Gardens. On street parking will be formalised by use of parking bays, which allows central placement of cycle symbols to denote the new route in both directions. Cycle symbols positioned in the junctions, as well as along Grange Road and Carlisle Road allow cyclists to establish a prominent position in the carriageway whilst at the same time alerting other road users to their presence.

Click Here for Drawing 11 – Wilmington Gardens/Compton Street/Wilmington Square Junction – Heading towards the seafront, cyclists cross Compton Street where the road will be narrowed to lower traffic speeds and reduce the crossing distance across the carriageway, using buildouts on the northern side. Two uncontrolled crossings will be installed, one on either side of Wilmington Gardens/Wilmington Square where the kerbline has been extended with the buildouts. A two-way cycle track will be constructed on the northern side of Wilmington Square which will result in the loss of six parking bays.

Cyclists travelling towards the station will manoeuvre into a short cycle lane, at the northern end of Wilmington Square, that brings them onto the correct side of the road to enter a short advisory lane on Wilmington Gardens as they cross Compton Street.

Click Here for Drawing 12 – Wilmington Square/King Edward’s Parade Junction – Cyclists travelling to the seafront cross Wilmington Square at the southern end, where they continue along the existing shared footway on the northern side of King Edward’s Parade to the pedestrian crossing. This crossing will be upgraded to a parallel zebra crossing that allows cyclists and pedestrians to cross together, without the need for cyclists to dismount. Having crossed over to the footway on the southern side of King Edward’s Parade, cyclists can join the existing cycle route between the Wish Tower and Bede’s Prep School.

The northbound journey between King Edward’s Parade and Wilmington Square is simply a reverse of these movements.

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