‘Brighton council must stop ruining Madeira Drive’
We were sorry to learn of Lisa Scholz’s negative experiences with the new Madeira Drive route as a disabled driver (Letters, Brighton Argus, April 9).
Madeira Drive should be a pleasure to visit, not a misery and it seems her trip was anything but ‘safer and more inclusive’ which was ironically the excuse of Brighton and Hove City Council for undertaking all of this work expensive, unsolicited and unnecessary for Madeira Drive.
We have also received feedback indicating that the new Madeira Drive network is failing in its “safer and more inclusive” mission in other respects.
Insufficient storage space for coaches and only one full coach and one small coach at a time can park to allow visitors to get off and disembark at Madeira Drive.
The parking spaces have been tilted the wrong way, so instead of going directly there, drivers have to pass them and then come back into the only lane of traffic behind them, which means the drivers behind, who may not know the city. / have not encountered this anomaly before, this difficulty must be anticipated in order to give the parking vehicles sufficient space to back up.
The supply of motorcycle and scooter parking has been decimated (both user groups spend a lot of time and money at Madeira Drive).
There is a lack of suitable taxi unloading and drop-off spaces to serve Madeira Drive businesses.
There is growing concern that Speed Trials (held on Madeira Drive since 1895) may no longer be possible under the new track, along with other automotive events, which bring millions of vital people into the local economy.
Emergency vehicles cannot easily access Madeira Drive with only one roadway remaining in the event of vehicle breakdown or other emergencies.
Work on Madeira Drive began on February 22, 2021, but the consultation for the experimental traffic order for which it was executed did not end until March 4, 2021, so that public objections could be filed. The before and after plans were also not provided to accompany the order to facilitate meaningful public consultation, so it was clear what the final presentation would look like. We believe these two factors make this a fictitious consultation.
It should be noted that experimental traffic orders are meant to be classified as “temporary” in case they fail to work, but no date range was given on TRO-17-2020 to indicate when this “experiment” is. supposed to end. or be revised.
We believe that this “experimental” traffic order already proves a failure in its EXCLUSION of encroachment on many user groups / stakeholders that it has to serve and Madeira Drive should be put back on a two-way road as before. first locking without more. delay so that these users (economically essential to our city) are no longer marginalized and no further events and customer income are lost to the city. In addition, reducing Madeira Drive to a poorly designed lane will lead to traffic jams, not solve them.
Half of the original width of Madeira Drive was already reserved for cyclists and walkers a few years ago and is as wide as any other area of the promenade / waterfront for their use, so there is no no discrimination against them and no justification for doing their part. Madeira Drive wider than the rest of the waterfront.
It is possible to visit Madeira Drive any day and see that the previous route is not oversubscribed by walkers and cyclists, even under the sun. Additionally, when Madeira Terraces is restored, it will unlock substantial additional space for pedestrian use on the other side of Madeira Drive, including the reopening of a full walkway above with spectacular sea views.
We will ask the council to cancel this traffic order and bring Madeira Drive back to its pre-2020 disposal as soon as possible as it is already clear that it is not working and the contractors are still on site with another month of ruin of this prime city income generation location to go
This city is going to need every penny of tourism and visitor income it can get after Covid and it is the duty of the council to make it easy and welcoming for visitors and tourists to visit and enjoy our city, especially more than stays become the tendency to progress. and there is a market to be captured.
Laura King and Ollie Wilson
Save the Madeira Drive campaign