Royal Sussex County Hospital Redevelopment
A lack of investment in walking, cycling and public transport threatens more congestion and pollution from the Royal Sussex County Hospital redevelopment. Brighton & Hove Friends of the Earth is concerned about this and is urging people to sign its e-petition. Alternatively, people can print off a petition form and fill it in manually. A flier is also available.
The current proposals for a 400 space underground car park are likely to cost well over £10 million to build. In comparison, the investment in walking, cycling and public transport is likely to be one tenth of this.
Brighton & Hove Friends of the Earth does not believe that this is fair. It is denying people choice and investment in healthier forms of travel. The hospital redevelopment should be about creating a quality environment for bus users so that they aren’t just left out in the rain; making it feel safe to cycle on the road and providing secure and convenient cycle parking facilities and plenty of them; providing safe pedestrian crossings where they are needed and for a more pleasant environment all round.
With the hospital investing so much in car parking, this is going to encourage more people to drive to the site. This will make it less pleasant to walk and cycle by increasing congestion and pollution. It will delay buses and potentially ambulances too.