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Downs Link Crossing Blow

by derekdeedman on 15 January, 2013

The hopes for use of sustainable transport funding relating to the South Downs National Park to provide a safer Downs Link crossing of the A283 at Bramber have been dashed.  

A site meeting last November I had with County officers and West Sussex local Access Forum representatives looking at the various options had led to some hope that work on at least the design of a suitable scheme could proceed by the end of this current financial year.

I have now learned that the option of incorporating a scheme with the Access for All project being promoted by the Visitor & Tourism Group of the Steyning & District Partnership Board has now been lost due to land ownership problems, whilst a user-controlled cannot be installed in a national speed limit zone and the Police are unlikely to support a speed reduction.

The sustainable transport funding has now been lost as the pot was oversubscribed, there is currently no viable route available nor any other funding (estimated at about £120k) available to actually carry out the works.

It has been suggested that a bid be made at the next Chanctonbury County Local Committee meeting in March for funding from the Infrastructure Plan for 2016/17. I have already mentioned this at Bramber and Steyning Parish Council meetings.

 

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