Funding for new cycle route through Horsham

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has a Long-term Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) which has money available for transport infrastructure projects. In 2012, money from the fund was allocated to Horsham District to improve cycling infrastructure and an west-to-east cycle route from Guildford Road, Broadbridge Heath, to Kings Road on the east of Horsham will be implemented in 2014 as part of this. An outline of the route is described below.

Please note: specific details and planning have yet to be determined so this is highly likely to change over coming months.

HR1 – Broadbridge Heath to King’s Road

An east to west route that crosses Horsham from Broadbridge Heath to King’s Road roundabout via the town centre and rail station.

Old Guildford Road – quiet residential road and access to Industrial Estate (via cut through).  Enable cycling through dead-end, on road signs only to Wickhurst Lane, traffic calming at junction with Broadbridge Heath Road. Cost

Wickhurst Lane – contra flow (northbound) cycle lane from Church Lane to Old Guildford Road.  Signs from Church Lane to subway under A264.  Upgrade to signs, lighting and markings in subway.

Wickhurst Lane (Tesco) – upgrade of existing path to shared use cycle path via Leisure Centre to footbridge over A24.  Improve access over A24 to Tanbridge School – dealing with any residual issues for cyclists.

Guildford Road – continuation of existing cycle route from Merryfield Drive to Rushmans Road.  Either on road cycle lane on both sides, or shared use cycle path on northern side.

Bishopric –continue shared use cycle path on northern side to Kings Mews, consideration over options for facilities between Kings Mews and Albion Way – shop frontages, parked cars and obstacles in footway.  Width of road may allow on road cycle lane on northern side – but would result in no provision for westbound cyclists.

Town Centre – permit cyclists on pedestrianised section of Bishopric to Springfield Road (mark out cycle path), advisory cycle route with signs via Black Horse Way, South Street and Carfax.

Copnall Way – allow cycling through access works at town centre end and upgrade to a shared use cycle/pedestrian path to link with existing path on North Street.

North Street Subway – access and signs to the subway, works to permit cyclists to use the subway safely – headroom increase if possible.

Barrington Road & Booth Way – shared use cycle path from subway along New Street to Oakhill Road continuing to station rear entrance.  Allow contra flow cycling with southbound cycle lane on Barrington Road with safe crossing point on Station Road for continuity.  Extend existing shared use cycle path along Booth Way to and around King’s Road roundabout with associated crossing improvements to link with cycle lanes on King’s Road.

Depot Road – shared use cycle path or on road cycle lane from Barrington Road to connect with existing cycle facility at Millas School.

Minor remedial and maintenance works to existing cycle facilities on Hills Farm Lane, Guildford Road and North Street to complement the whole route improvements, to provide a high level of service for entire length.

Overall cost and planning

The total scheme budget is £320,000. Consultation and detailed design of the route will be happening in 2013. We’ll post more news here as soon as we can.

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