Madeira Drive petition launched

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Published on 10 July 2020 by Mike Waters

The National Transport Trust (NTThas launched a petition calling on Brighton Council to reopen the iconic Madeira Drive.  

A famous site in motorcycle culture for decades that achieved a global reputation thanks to the hit 1979 film QuadropheniaMadeira Drive has been closed to all motorised traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The NTT noted: There is now a lobby to keep the road closed permanently and this has a strong backing from the Green Party in the Council. This would mean the end of historic events such as the Brighton National Speed Trials and the Veteran Car run, plus many other car and motorbike events such as the Ace Cafe Incarnation, the Pioneer Run, the Mini Run, the London to Brighton Kit Car Run and the Ace Cafe Reunion Brighton Bash to name just a few. The shops and clubs on Madeira Drive are already suffering badly but, if the road is closed to traffic, then they will go bankrupt.” 

To respond to this, the NTT is encouraging all bikers – not just those in the Brighton area – to sign a petition calling on the Council to reopen Madeira Drive. It can be found here, and already has more than 8,000 signatories.  

Furthermore, the NTT is also encouraging bikers to contribute to a consultation about the issue and a link to an online hub can be found hereA full council meeting to address the issue is also scheduled for July 22, and the NTT has said that “if you live near enough, we should flood this meeting with supporters who want to keep Madeira Drive open and enjoy the events that take place there.” 

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Picture credit: © Malc McDonald (cc-by-sa/2.0)