This year, we completed the last of various Road Safety Audits on the new pedestrian and cycle route along the A27 trunk road, East of Lewes, East Sussex. The scheme forms part of a National Highways improvement scheme between Polegate and Wick Street, which aims to improve journey times and provide a pedestrian/cycle facility along this section of the A27.
The NMU route is approximately 11.5km long and runs along the southern side of the A27. It is predominantly separated from the major carriageway by hedgerows and environmental screens so that users are shielded from heavy traffic and noise.
TMS have been involved in this project since June 2020, carrying out the Stage 2 Road Safety Audit, with subsequent design revisions, through to an Interim Stage 3 audit completed in December 2022. At the final Stage 3 Road Safety Audit, our engineers Harminder Aulak and Darren Newbold cycled the whole route in both directions. The audit team commented:
“It was a long ride and we enjoyed the views of the South Downs, even though some of the hills were challenging! It was satisfying to see the completed scheme having been involved in the project since the various construction stages. We met several members of the public during the site visit, who were delighted and enthusiastic about the new route, as it allows people to travel away from the main carriageway of the busy trunk road.”
At TMS, we have extensive experience in carrying out Road Safety Audits, at all stages, on the trunk and motorway network throughout the UK on behalf of National Highways, Welsh Government, Transport Scotland and Department for Infrastructure.