Controversial white hatching installed around Eastbourne’s War Memorial roundabout is to be removed after a flurry of complaints.
The white markings were put in by East Sussex County Council to what it called “improve congestion and make it easier and safer for cyclists”.
But they caused massive controversy and the council has just revealed the feedback it has received from cyclists and road users has made it clear it’s not working and they will be removed as soon as possible.
Councillor Carl Maynard, the lead member for transport and the environment, said, “The new routes, which are part of a borough-wide cycling strategy developed jointly by ourselves and Eastbourne Borough Council in 2011, were subject to an extensive public consultation last year which asked people to comment on six specific routes.
“Following the consultation and subsequent approval by the two councils for these routes, we held further meetings with the Bespoke Cycling Group during the detailed design stage to agree the proposals.
“While we would love to be in a position where we could introduce a network of segregated cycle routes, we only have both limited funding and a limited timescale for these routes from the government’s local sustainable transport fund.
“However, we do take on board people’s comments. The hatching around the Memorial Roundabout was introduced as a trial to improve the flow of traffic and make it easier for cyclists. The feedback we’ve received from cyclists and road users has made it clear to us that this was not working and so I can confirm we will be removing these particular road markings.”