We have been awarded £214,515 in funding from the governments Emergency Active Travel Fund to put a variety of new temporary schemes in place to encourage people to walk and cycle more and to create space for social distancing.

These schemes are monitored to ensure they are working appropriately for residents, businesses and those using them. To make decisions, on whether the scheme needs altering, it should be removed or continue, data is analysed. This includes an analysis of the schemes usage, road safety audits, the latest information from public health and the police.

One of these schemes is the creation of temporary pedestrian crossings along Eastern Parade that creates a safer route to the seafront for people walking. 

This temporary scheme was removed in September to coincide with the removal the seafront road closure.

Scheme information

What is happening and why?

The two temporary pedestrian crossings create safe crossing points especially at a time when more people are walking to the seafront because of the road closures on the seafront roads. These closures have been put in to create space for social distancing in this busy location.

The temporary crossings are located between Helena Road and Bruce Road and between Burbidge Grove and Brading Avenue.

The changes will be regularly reviewed to ensure the scheme continues or stops at the appropriate time.


How will people be affected by the change?

People can cross safely at two locations on Eastern Esplanade with the help of the pedestrian crossings.

Some car parking has been suspended so drivers can see people who are approaching the crossing and ready to cross. Canoe Lake car park has been opened to compensate for the loss of car parking spaces on Eastern parade. This resulted in the seafront road closure (another Emergency active travel fund scheme) being altered slightly so that people can access the car park.