Trial allowing bikes and taxis to use bus lane to launch this week

Cyclists, motorcyclists and taxis will be allowed to use a bus lane on a main coastal route between Bexhill and St Leonards in a trial which launches this week.

An experimental Traffic Regulation Order will come into force on the A259 Bexhill Road, between Bexleigh Avenue and Harley Shute Road, and will run for up to 18 months.

The bus lane opened last year and is one of a number of transport improvements delivered as a condition of planning approval being granted for the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road.

Councillor Nick Bennett, East Sussex County Council lead member for transport and environment, said: “We’ve had a number of requests from the public to allow cyclists to use the bus lane.

“It’s always been our intention to allow bicycles, taxis and motorcycles to travel in this lane and the trial will give us a chance to see how it works in practice. We believe it will improve traffic flow, reduce congestion and traffic pollution and afford more protection to those travelling on two wheels, by taking them out of the main traffic flow.

“The safety reviews we have carried out don’t indicate any issues as a result of this scheme, but we will be monitoring and reviewing the impact of the trial before deciding whether to make it permanent.”

The public have until 15th August to submit any feedback on the trial.

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