East Sussex County Council Emergency Active Travel Fund

To help local authorities to restart local transport as part of the Government’s Covid-19 recovery roadmap, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced a £250m Emergency Active Travel Fund.

The two key aims of the funding are to:

• enable more people to walk and cycle where possible

• support safe social distancing in areas where people congregate, such as within town centres, high streets or at transport hubs or bus stops

The types of measures that the DfT require local authorities to consider delivering include road closures, widened footways, popup cycle lanes, cycle parking and social distancing signage.

The £250m is being released to local authorities in two tranches. Following an application submitted to DfT on 5th June 2020, East Sussex County Council (ESCC) has been allocated £535,145 for tranche 1. ESCC have been given a provisional allocation of £1.96m for tranche 2 and work will commence on the development of this programme once more details of the funding are provided by DfT

For further details on ESCC applications please visit the County Council website here: 

ESCC Emergency Active Travel Fund

For details of the schemes being proposed please select one of the links below:

Lewes: High Street and School Hill - Parking Bay suspension to facilitate footway widening. Scheme cancelled following public engagement exercise.

Bexhill: Buckhurst Place - Parking Bay suspension to facilitate footway widening. Scheme to proceed. To commence operation w/c 31 August

Bexhill: Devonshire Road - Parking Bay suspension to facilitate footway widening. Scheme cancelled following public engagement exercise. 

Bexhill: Western Road - Parking Bay suspension to facilitate footway widening. Scheme cancelled following public engagement exercise. 

Hastings: A259 The Stade to Pelham Place - Parking Bay suspension to facilitate footway widening. Scheme to proceed. To commence operation w/c 31 August. 

Hastings: A259 Warrior Square to London Road - Parking Bay suspension to facilitate footway widening. Scheme cancelled following public engagement exercise. 

Eastbourne: Terminus Road - Road closure and parking suspension. Scheme cancelled. 

Eastbourne: Bolton Road and Langney Road - Road closure and parking suspension. Scheme cancelled following public engagement exercise.

Hailsham: High Street – Restricted vehicular access and parking suspension. Scheme cancelled following public engagement exercise. 


These temporary measures will be introduced during August and will be in place for a period of at least three months, although this timescale will be continually reviewed.

Should the proposals impact upon you, please contact us by phone on 0345 608 0193 or by email: customer@eastsussexhighways.com


Update 19/08/2020

Following the public engagement exercise carried out on the temporary transport measures, East Sussex County Council considered the feedback received from the process and presented a report to the Lead Member for Transport and Environment on 17 August to determine which scheme will progress. For further details of this meeting please visit the ESCC website: 

Lead Member for Transport and Environment Meeting