Labour is pleased to announce that work will start on footpath and cycle improvements in the Town centre on 9th May. The first upgrade will be to the High Street path between The Boulevard and the junction with Pegler Way and will repair the surface, as well as converting the path to shared pedestrian and cycle use and upgrading the pedestrian crossings to toucan crossings.
This is the first of two path upgrades being brought forward by Crawley Borough Council to both repair parts of the Town Centre’s infrastructure, implement missing links in the Town Centre’s cycle infrastructure and encourage sustainable transport.
In an innovative new approach to infrastructure delivery, Crawley Borough Council has taken responsibility for delivering the paths by agreement with West Sussex County Council. The work will be funded by developer contributions from planning applications (known as S106 agreements) and will see much needed improvements to the paths in front of Crawley’s new museum.
The second path will run along the Boulevard from the Museum, past the Town Hall and the police station to Northgate Avenue. This path is in much need of repair and will also provide the first fully off-road east-west cycle connection across the Town Centre. It is hoped that this will both make it easier for cyclists to access the Town Centre from nearby neighbourhoods and support the Town Centre living model where more people living in the Town Centre will be using sustainable modes of transport going forward.
Delivery of these paths sees a further delivery on its manifesto commitments, made to the public in May 2015, by Crawley Labour administration.
Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development Cllr Peter Smith said: “The footpaths in parts of the Town Centre have been allowed to deteriorate badly over the years by the responsible authority, West Sussex County Council, and are long overdue some repair and refurbishment. This project will deliver these repairs and improvements as well as converting the paths to shared use between pedestrians and cyclists. As a regular cyclist myself I am pleased that the Town is doing more, under a Labour run Council, to encourage people to walk and cycle and I very much welcome this further investment in our Town Centre.”