Four projects in Greater Brighton have been prioritised by regional transport leaders as needing significant investment of millions of pounds.

A total of ten schemes have made the Major Road Network shortlist by regional transport body Transport for the South East (TfSE) as it looks to secure a share of the £3.5 billion in the 2020-2025 funding package.

The schemes each cost between £20 million and £50 million and would be delivered by 2025.

Brighton seafront

Shortlisted schemes were assessed against a range of national criteria as well as TfSE’s strategic objectives on sustainable economic growth, improved quality of life and the environment.

TfSE chairman Cllr Keith Glazier said: “The schemes we have put forward would, if funded, mean better and more reliable journeys for road users and help reduce urban congestion, speed up journey times and support new housing and jobs.

“By speaking with one voice to influence where and how money is spent in our region, Transport for the South East is already making a real difference for the seven and a half million people who live and work in the South East.”

The shortlisted schemes within the City Region (which includes soon to be joining Arun) are:

  • A284 Lyminster Bypass; West Sussex County Council
  • A259 (King’s Road) Seafront Highways Structures (Arches) Renewal Programme; Brighton & Hove City Council
  • A259 Bognor Regis to Littlehampton Enhancement; West Sussex County Council
  • A259 South Coast Road Corridor; East Sussex County Council

The £3.5 billion funding package also covers Large Local Major (LLM) projects. An additional shortlist of potential £50m plus LLM schemes is also being assessed and are due to be submitted to the Department for Transport in the autumn, TfSE said.

The schemes that have not made the cut at this stage will provide a potential pipeline to be considered for inclusion in the next funding period from 2025 to 2030. 

Also this autumn, TfSE will publish its draft transport strategy for public consultation, which looks at plans and priorities up until 2050.

Cllr Glazier added: “Our 30-year draft transport strategy will make clear that roads will continue to play a central role in our green future – but we need to go further, faster to encourage take-up of cleaner fuel alternatives, greater use of public transport and harness the potential of new technology to transform the way we travel.”