Covid-19 update 13.5.20

Dear all

Many of you have approached us during lockdown about the problems of us all wanting to have safe social distance. Further to winning proposals at Policy and Resources committee on 30th April to get the city to spend resources helping us all keep safe social distance, further details on what will be proposed for the city come to committee tomorrow- detailed in the city briefing below. I don’t believe that report goes as far as we need and am trying to have the report amended to incorporate many of the issues you have raised with us including:

  • Changes to the seafront road, the A259- for pedestrians, joggers and cyclists 
  • Footway widening for pedestrians

This will incorporate many of your concerns around more space for safe social distancing.

Please also find the briefing from Brighton and Hove bus company beneath the update which is about their escalation in bus services.

We will answer your queries just as soon as we can. If you are self-isolating and need shopping or a prescription delivered or just a chat on the phone, both Hannah and I are more than happy to help.  

If you have a neighbour who would like to be added to these emails, or you want to be removed please drop me a line.

Please stay safe!

Yours sincerely


Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty

Leader of the Official Opposition

Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide, Brighton and Hove City Council

Opposition Spokesperson on the Policy and Resources Committee

Member of the Tourism Development and Culture Committee and Planning Committee

Greater Brighton Economic Board, Strategic Delivery Board, Board of Trustees Brighton Dome & Festival Limited, Representative to the Local Government Association

Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ


Ward surgeries at 7.15pm on last Weds of every month at the Cornerstone Community Centre, Palmeira Square (except August and December)

City briefing

Subject:                            Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Date:                           4:45pm Wednesday 13 May 2020

Briefing number:     48

Queries about this briefing can be sent to:            

Click here to view today’s briefing online

This briefing’s theme is transport in the city

Councillors to consider transport action plan tomorrow

Councillors will tomorrow, Thursday 14 May, be asked to approve a transport action plan designed to support the city in its short, medium and long term recovery from the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Read more on our newsroom

Temporary cycle lane for Old Shoreham Road

Work has taken place to create a new temporary cycle lane on the A270 Old Shoreham Road, freeing up space for cyclists in response to government guidance on physical distancing and changes to how people are currently travelling around the city.

The cycle lane has been painted in both directions from its junction with Hangleton Road in west Hove, to The Drive, where it meets with the existing cycle lane network.  The new cycle lane will be approximately 1.7 miles in length, 3.4 miles in total. 

The council has already closed Madeira Drive to motor vehicles as part of this reallocating of road space.

Read more about the temporary Old Shoreham Road cycle lane on our website

Valley Gardens and Shelter Hall work continues

During the pandemic, work has continued on some major projects in the city.

Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee Anne Pissaridou said: “Work has progressed on a number of projects, including Valley Gardens and Shelter Hall, with physical distancing measures in place and regular risk assessments carried out to protect our workforce. 

“At Valley Gardens, reduced traffic has meant teams have been able to continue with road and footway resurfacing, tree planting and landscaping.  The last of the new streetlights have been installed and most of the signal junctions have been completed. 

“At Shelter Hall, work is continuing on the building itself while reduced traffic has meant good progress is being made on the A259/West Street junction, with support from the Churchill Square Shopping Centre.” 

“I’m pleased we have been able to continue with these vital projects at such a challenging time for our workforce.”

Read councillor Anne Pissaridou’s open letter on A Positive Future for Valley Gardens.

Respecting those helping to keep our city moving

While many of us are getting used to working from home, the council still needs to have staff working in our communities to ensure we are kept safe and that roads and highways are accessible for those people and services who need them most.

Street lighting teams have been repairing broken or damaged street lights, work has been continuing to keep roads safe and clear and local bus companies have been adjusting timetables so that essential workers can still make key journeys.

Please respect those who are working to keep our city moving.

Help to get the information out to the city

The council has produced these graphics highlighting support available in the city. Please share on your social media platforms to help the information reach residents.

(Social media text for awareness about transport action plan)

Councillors will tomorrow, Thursday 14 May, be asked to approve a transport action plan designed to support the city in its short, medium and long term recovery from the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.  Read more:

(Social media text for awareness about Old Shoreham Road cycle lane)

A new temporary cycle lane has been created on the A270 Old Shoreham Road, freeing up space for cyclists in response to government guidance on physical distancing and changes to how people are currently travelling around the city.

Phased escalation in bus service levels across the city in line with government guidance for social distancing

From Monday 18th May 2020 Brighton & Hove Buses are increasing service levels on routes 1, 1A, 12, 12A, 24, 26 & 49 to continue to enable physical distancing. Routes 2, 25 & 46 have also been revised. Plus, there will be some timing changes on route 27 in response to passenger feedback.

Our new timetables form part of a phased escalation in services that are in line with government guidelines around social distancing on buses. Our aim is to help keep passengers and drivers as safe as possible. Details of further phases will be announced shortly.

There is also a continued focus on maintaining early morning bus services for key workers, particularly those bus routes serving hospitals. To help with essential journey planning, you can find detailed timetables here.

Martin Harris, Managing Director of Brighton & Hove Buses said “These changes are a result of our close monitoring of bus usage and listening to passenger feedback. We want to ensure our buses are safe and comfortable for key workers, those making necessary journeys and our drivers.”

The company is continuing to encourage passengers to observe physical distancing at bus stops and on the bus. When boarding the bus, passengers are encouraged to pay by contactless, scratch cards or mobile phone to help minimise contact. If paying by cash, please use the exact change where possible as drivers are not providing change at this is time. It’s also important to observe on bus information designed to help with physical distancing. 

Meanwhile, the bus company is maintaining an enhanced cleaning schedule, including deep cleaning and en route cleaning throughout the day. Drivers, cleaners and all other bus workers use PPE to help keep passengers and drivers safe.

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