July 2019
The numbers of KSI casualties in West Sussex have flat lined since 2011 and this reflects the national picture as set out in the recent PACTS* report – Road Safety Since 2010, published in December 2018.  While this lack of change should be seen against the increase in population and traffic growth, the progress against our milestones is disappointing and highlights the need for continual effort to reduce casualties on our roads.
The whole of 2018 showed a very slight increase in the number of reported road traffic collisions compared to 2017, with 1915 injury collisions being recorded in 2018 against 1901 in 2017.
These collisions resulted in 2533 casualties comprised of 20 deaths, 463 serious injuries and 2050 slight injuries.  There were four fewer deaths compared to 2017, but the total number of deaths and serious injuries combined, known as KSIs (killed and seriously injured) increased slightly to 483 in 2018 from 479 in 2017.
The first half of 2019 is showing a slight improvement when compared to 2018 with 143 fewer injury collisions being reported up to the end of June 2019. The number of KSI casualties is also slightly less with 221 being reported in the first 6 months of 2019 against 243 in the same period of 2018.
In 2018/19 a number of road safety schemes were developed including the introduction of a £2.4 million road safety scheme on the A285 between Halnaker and Petworth funded by the Department for Transports road safety fund. The works consist of building a hard strip between the road and the verge and a ribbed edge line, similar to the ones found on motorways and dual carriageways. More than half of the serious accidents on the A285 involve drivers leaving the road; the ribbed edge line will introduce an audible and tactile warning to drivers if they leave their lane. Major road safety schemes comprising of road surfacing improvement were completed on the A280 Cricket Club and Waterworks bends and a junction improvement introduced on the A24 and Warnham.
There is continued investment with £600,000 earmarked for road safety investigation and improvement schemes in 2019 comprising of a number of larger schemes including resurfacing and profiling bends on the B2133 Hughes Hill, Wisborough Green, reconfiguration of mini-roundabout junction on Portsmouth Road Lindfield, the design of a junction improvement at New Road on the A285 Boxgrove and treatments at 15 identified “black Spots” across the county. However it should be recognised that the benefits from road safety engineering schemes take time to translate into reductions in the casualty figures.
We are investing in training two members of staff who will complete the RoSPA Road Safety Engineering course in October; this is 10 days formal Collision Investigation/Road Safety Engineering training, recognised as the industry standard for road safety engineers.
A new WSCC Road Safety Facebook page will be launching in September which aims to expand our digital presence to engage with the community on road safety issues, run educational campaigns and generate discussion and dialogue between road users.
In 2018 5.8km of new cycle track provision was completed across the county and 12 signalised pedestrian crossings were refurbished and improved.
We are continuing to be an active partner within the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership promoting a wide range of behavioural change programmes and we are on target to train 10,000 year 6 pupils in BikeAbility Cycle Proficiency.
Quarter 1 - June 2019
The air quality metric in the West Sussex plan is an annual measure. The data we report on is drawn from the District and Boroughs’ Annual Status Reports which are not available until they have been ratified by Defra. This is not likely to be until late Autumn.
 The Inter-Authority Air Quality group met for the third time on 12th June. At that meeting, Members received reports from Chichester and Mid Sussex District Councils giving more detail on their areas specific needs and actions they have identified. They also heard from Dr James Levine of Birmingham University who explained the role of green infrastructure in urban situations.
 We have been working with District and Borough authorities and with Sussex-air to add additional anti-idling signs to level crossings.
 The Defra funded project with schools is drawing to a close and we have promoted findings to date at a Beat the Streets event in Arun. The final report has not yet been received, but early findings are that:
  • 1,465 pupils were involved
  • students usually cycling to school doubled from 3% to 6%
  • students usually coming to school by car dropped by 13%.
A small amount of funding has become available to extend the anti-idling element of the project, so more schools will be encouraged to take part.
 We attended the Youth Cabinet event, where the findings from the school project were promoted and we facilitated debates on both air quality and climate change.
 Through our membership of Sussex-air, we have been successful in gaining funding for work around wood burning. The Clean Air Sussex campaign will gather information on where residents are reliant on solid fuel as their main source of heating, provide advice on how to use their wood burning stoves most efficiently, and signpost to available support for alternative fuel sources.
 A public information campaign has been developed and messaging is also being included in the Climate Change Pledge communications. Almost 1000 people have pledged so far.
Progress to date includes:
  • Connections editorial (June 2019)
  • Connections full back advert (June 2019)
  • Spirit FM interviews for Breathe Easy Week
  • Encouraging staff across all authorities to take action during Breathe Easy Week
  • Two days during Breathe Easy Week for WSCC staff to trial the electric vehicles
  • Infographic on smarter driving produced and distributed.
Quarter 4  - March 2019
Latest data available is 2017. Compared to the 2016 years’ data, Shoreham Road and Grove Lodge Roundabout show an increase in emissions. This could be due to a number of factors such as weather variations and volume of traffic. However, compared to emissions at designation, 9 out of 10 AQMAs show a reduction in emissions and one remains at the same level, so the overall trend is improving.
 Each District or Borough with an AQMA is required to produce and deliver an action plan; Adur’s is currently in the process of being refreshed. All Districts and Boroughs are, with WSCC, members of Sussex-air and all West Sussex authorities are also members of the Inter-Authority Air Quality Group. The Sustainability Team and Public Health Team are co-producing a long-term behaviour change campaign.
Quarter 3 - December 2018 performance
* additional tube added since designation
‡ designation of specific monitoring point
The data above are taken from the specific monitoring points within each AQMA that exceeded or were close to exceeding the annual average air quality objective (40 µgm3) for NO2 at designation.
Distance correction has been applied to data to estimate the concentration at the nearest relevant exposure (façade).
Storrington & Cowfold has more than one figure denoting multiple sites of actual/potential exceedances
Readings will be affected by annual weather variations.
Quarter 2 - September 2018
Thirteen schools in West Sussex, have been invited to be part of an Air Quality project across Sussex.
 WSCC, as members of Sussex-air, was successful in securing a Defra grant of £105,900 to deliver targeted interventions with schools within or very close to air quality management areas, aimed at improving air quality. Activities include including encouraging switching off of engines outside schools. Our delivery partners are Sustrans and Living Streets, who both have strong evidence of successful partnership working with schools and communities.
 Children, staff and parents will have an opportunity to be involved in a range of activities, aimed ultimately at creating a healthier and safer environment on the journey to school and beyond.
Quarter 1 - June 2018
We are working with District and Borough Councils to develop our partnership working and a county-wide air quality plan is almost complete. This will be managed and monitored by a cross-authority governance group to ensure that all opportunities to improve air quality in West Sussex are taken. We are active members of the pan-Sussex-air partnership and have been successful in gaining a grant from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. This grant will focus on anti-idling and sustainable travel around schools.

We are committed to working with partners to ensure we have clean air to breathe.

There are a number of areas across West Sussex where air quality does not meet Government targets. These areas are known as Air Quality Management Areas. We are working in partnership to increase the quality of air in these areas, and to maintain the quality of air across the county.

Some of the work we’ve done, much delivered in partnership with the District and Borough Councils and the local community include installing Microprocessor Optimised Vehicle Actuation (MOVA) at 70 junctions, linking traffic signals to smooth traffic flows, Bikeability training, creation and ongoing promotion of the Co-Wheels car clubs and vehicle idling zones in place at 30 + level crossings in West Sussex. We are active members of the pan-Sussex sussex-air partnership and support cycle forums and District and Borough Air Quality Steering Groups.

We are in the process of mapping and tracking progress on these and other initiatives to build up a fuller picture on how we are doing and what more we can do to help improve air quality. Future planned work includes expanding the electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the county, working with staff to reduce our own travel, working to convert WSCC’s fleet to electric or low emission vehicles and consolidating our own estate with other local authorities to develop assets and reduce the need for customers to travel.

www.sussex-air.net - the pan-Sussex Partnership