14 December 2011
Responding to the announcement today that a decision on central Government funding for the Bexhill Hastings Link Road will be delayed until 2012 to give East Sussex County Council time to consider alternative options, Rebecca Lush Blum, Campaign for Better Transport’s roads campaigner, said:
“We are relieved that finally, for the first time, there will be a full consideration of alternatives to the Bexhill Hastings Link Road. Alongside the Hastings Alliance we have been requesting analysis of alternative options for years. We are confident that more sustainable and cheaper solutions exist."
Nick Bingham, chairman of the Hastings Alliance, said: “We welcome this decision which suggests that a change of direction is needed at county hall. We regard this as a great opportunity to develop a package of sustainable transport measures for the two towns and to raise the expectations of residents, businesses, tourists and young people as to the kind of transport choices they may be all be able to use and enjoy. Hastings and Bexhill could become a showcase for sustainable regeneration drawing on best practice from elsewhere in the UK and Europe. The future could be very exciting indeed.”
The Government announced after the Spending Review that the money available to local authority transport schemes, including the Bexhill Hastings Link Road, would be reduced and 45 schemes would enter a Development Pool to compete for £630m of Government funding to ensure only the best and most cost effective were approved. The Chancellor announced funding for 20 of the schemes as part of his Autumn Statement and has now agreed to provide a further £351m for another 21 schemes today.
Notes to Editors
1. The 41 schemes in the Development Pool given approval so far include 18 new roads, 13 public transport projects, five maintenance projects and five mixed transport schemes. Read the full statement from the Department for Transport here.
2. Campaign for Better Transport’s briefing on all the schemes, including the Bexhill Hastings Link Road, is available here.
3. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).
4. The Hastings Alliance is made up of concerned individuals, local and national organisations.