Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Seafront repairs ongoing.
Repairs to a key part of Brighton’s seafront will go ahead thanks to a successful £9 million bid to the Department for Transport’s Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund.
The council will now be able to carry out urgent reconstruction of the former West Street Shelter Hall, part of the historic Arches. Built in the 1880s this unusual building actually supports the upper promenade at the junction of the A259 and West Street, is in a very poor condition and needs to be replaced. A serious concern has been that a fully-laden HGV might inadvertently become diverted on to the promenade and cause a catastrophic collapse.
Councillors had already approved spending of £250,000 from the Local Transport Plan budget so that work could start as soon as possible on the reconstruction of the derelict Victorian hall. This will provide a great new seafront business location on the popular lower promenade as well as new public toilets.
The work will also allow the busy West Street/King's Road junction to be remodelled to help people move and traffic flow more smoothly.
This much-needed cash injection follows on from the £7m plus already invested in reconstruction of the arches around the i360 site. Ten restored Victorian seafront arches under the Kings Road were opened last year and funds from the latest Local Transport Plan will support Phase 2 of the Arches strengthening work, to the east of i360 site.
See also:- The lower promenade shelter hall