Several schemes to improve Railway Approach as the attractive and useful link between the town centre and railway station have been mooted. Small measures to minimise through traffic in Railway Approach derive from the notion of providing improved facilities for cycling.
Extend 20mph zone to the entire length of Railway Approach. Discourage through vehicle traffic movements except for residents and business users by signage only; hence no need for Road Traffic Order (RTO). Create a through route for buses and cyclists only. Reduce on-street parking. Liaise with local businesses to optimise parking opportunities. Provide cycling lanes in both directions.
Photo 1: Limit of existing 20mph zone in Railway Approach
Remove cycle perimeter lanes on Brooklands Way / Railway Approach roundabout. These cause conflict due to cyclists crossing in front of quite fast moving vehicles rather than sharing the road space at similar speeds. Increase the diameter of the roundabout along the lines of the Brighton 7 Dials solution or an alternative solution in accordance with IAN 195/16 1.
Photo 2: Seven Dials roundabout, Brighton where the effective diameter of the roundabout has been enlarged by blockwork
Include the roundabout and highway approaches in an extended 20mph zone. Remove the dedicated left turn lane from Beeching Way to Station Approach. The existing attractive planted roundabout would be unchanged by these proposals.
Make the shared cycle and footway east of Mid Sussex Timber back into footway only and make cycle provision compliant with recommendations of IAN195/16 1. Provide signalled controlled pedestrian and cycle crossing from Station to Railway Approach. Provide uncontrolled (Zebra) crossings for pedestrians on all the other highway approaches to the roundabout. The idea is shown on a marked-up copy of a West Sussex County Council street plan Copyright 100023447 (2017) provided for the purpose.
Brooklands_Way_Roundabout (Click link for marked-up street plan of Brooklands Way roundabout)
How to achieve this? Apply for Community Initiative Funding to obtain priority within WSCC Local Transport Investment Program.