Final phase of seafront revamp - Brighton’s Valley Garden project

Councillors will meet next Tuesday (January 18) to vote for the third and final stage for the Valley Garden project.

Valley Gardens phase 3 plans for Brighton seafront

Councillors will meet next Tuesday (January 18) to vote for the third and final stage for the Valley Garden project.

The first two phases of the project have seen improvements to open spaces and transport routes between St Peter’s Church and the Old Steine.

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Phase 3 will continue the project to Brighton Palace Pier and includes the removal of the roundabout in front of the pier.

A statement by Brighton and Hove City Council read: “Phase 3 of the Valley Gardens project will continue and complete the work to regenerate and improve this busy central area.

“An investment of £11 million pounds in Phases 1 & 2 has transformed the space between St Peter’s Church and the Old Steine, introducing new events space, wildflower meadows and trees and increased footpath and cycling space to help improve accessibility.

“The Phase 3 plan includes: New separated cycle lanes, linking phases 1 & 2 of Valley Gardens to the seafront, improved access for public transport, supporting more reliable journey times, an additional taxi rank near the Palace Pier junction as well as retaining two existing ranks, new obstruction-free (where possible) pavement design, new trees and landscaping, sustainable outdoor event infrastructure, improved lighting around Old Steine Gardens ... A new junction to replace the existing Palace Pier roundabout, including direct crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists.”

A decision will be made by members of the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee, and if agreed work would begin later this year.

Steve Davis, Co-Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee said: “I’m very excited to see these plans and I can’t wait for work to begin on phase 3.

“It’s really great to see such a good reaction to the beautiful space already completed in Valley Gardens Phases 1 & 2. Phase 3 is the final phase of the project to connect with the seafront with a new, inclusive and sustainable infrastructure which will create a stunning new destination and travel corridor all the way to the Palace Pier.

“It’s great to see that the project has been shaped with the help of city-wide engagement with local residents.

“I’m passionate about the Valley Gardens project. Not only is it supporting better and safer journeys around the city and helping to improve air quality, there are also new trees and lighting, and new public squares.

“At the moment this part of our city is divided by traffic and there is a poor collision history, particularly near the Palace Pier roundabout, which we know attracts huge footfall and could be safer. These improvements mean it will be a much better space for our residents and visitors to enjoy.”