Experimental traffic scheme set to improve air quality in Rottingdean
Brighton and Hove city council has proposed an experimental traffic scheme in Rottindgean to reduce air pollution following public concern.
The scheme is expected to launch in March 2019. It will last 18 months and will be monitored for the first 12 months.
According to the council, Rottingdean has been the subject of an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) since 2013. In this area, nitrogen dioxide levels exceed both UK and EU limits, creating an important risk for the residents’ health.
Councillor Gill Mitchell told Brighton and Hove council: “It is vitally important that we address the air quality in Rottingdean.
“The main source of emissions in the area comes from road transport and the measures we are proposing in this trial seek to reduce emissions by preventing idling and encouraging free flowing traffic”
The proposal will focus on the section of High Street, south of Park street and consists of three physical measures.
The first one is a temporary chicane outside 80-82 High Street which would give priority to northbound traffic. This will encourage a free flow in an area where air pollution is the highest. A 12 metre long no stopping (yellow hatch) box on the southbound lane will prevent drivers from waiting in the same area.
Finally, a ban on right turns out of West Street will prevent vehicles from blocking the northbound lane.
The council invites residents and businesses to share their opinions on the proposals during the first six months of the trial, so that any problem can be discussed.