A259 preparation work postponed

'We will update residents and stakeholders as soon as possible'


Release date: 3 January 2019

Vegetation clearance on the A259 in Littlehampton and Angmering, which was to have started on January 7, has been postponed.

The essential preparation work will still go ahead as soon as possible and will clear the way for a major improvement scheme to widen around 2km of single-lane road to dual carriageway – reducing congestion and pollution.

A West Sussex Highways spokesperson said: “We hope the delay, due to the late arrival of key contract information, will be a matter of a few weeks and we will update residents and stakeholders as soon as possible.”

Subject to factors such as severe weather, the clearance of vegetation and trees is expected to take about four months. This is essential so pipework and other utilities can be moved and protected as the road scheme progresses. None of the trees being cleared are subject to Tree Preservation Orders and a replanting scheme is currently being designed.

The clearance work will be between the Haskins garden centre roundabout and Station Road in Angmering and the Body Shop roundabout and Highdown Drive in Littlehampton. Minimal traffic control should be needed, so it is hoped there will be little impact on traffic flow.

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