Work to rebuild, strengthen and refurbish this section of the historic arches will begin on Monday, and last for an estimated 50 weeks. The majority of these arches are not in use with the remainder being used for storage.
During this time the upper promenade will be closed to all public access between Alfresco’s restaurant and the West Pier. To minimise disruption, new road crossings for pedestrians and cyclists are being provided which include an alternative short diversion via the new signalled crossing by the Regency Square car park.
As Brighton Bits has mentioned here & here these arches have been lying idle and neglected for many years when they could have been producing revenue and providing a much sought-after public amenity. The Council has previously claimed renovation work had to await the i360 development. Perhaps this premature move signals increased concern about the extent of the deterioration.