West Sussex faces rebuke from minister for cycle lane removal – transportxtra
Transport minister Chris Heaton-Harris has told West Sussex County Council they will not be able to bid for further Active Travel Fund money because they removed pop-up cycle lanes before they were “fully tested”.
West Sussex received £780,000 from the DfT’s Covid-19 Emergency Active Travel Fund last summer to install seven temporary cycleways. However, the Conservative-controlled council removed the lanes just four months later (LTT 13 Nov 2020). A petition with more than 4,000 signatures had called for the lanes to be removed.
In a letter, dated 14 June, Heaton-Harris told the council that cycle lanes funded under the Emergency Active Travel Fund were “not allowed to be fully tested and/or optimised” before they were removed.