Release date: 10 June 2019
With setting-up works complete, the main construction phase is underway in a project which will unite ‘old’ and ‘new’ Broadbridge Heath.
The scheme involves the permanent closure of a section of the A281, which went through the middle of the village, and building improved links between ‘old’ and new housing areas. Improvements also include new shared-use cycle and pedestrian paths.
Our picture (attached) shows changes being made to the Farthings Hill roundabout which, in turn, will create space at the side of the road for a shared path.
West Sussex Highways and its contractor continue to monitor traffic flows during the works and make adjustments, where possible, to try to limit inconvenience.
Roger Elkins, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “We appreciate nobody likes extra time added to their journeys, and apologise for this inconvenience.
“We hope people will look at the end result of this project, which will improve connections between old and new parts of Broadbridge Heath, reduce through-traffic in the village and improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.”
The project includes:
• alterations to the Newbridge roundabout to restrict access into Broadbridge Heath village from the A281;
• re-routing the Billingshurst Road along a new connector road to link it with a narrowed C622;
• new shared footways/cycleways and improved crossing facilities at Newbridge roundabout;
• a new off-road shared route linking Newbridge roundabout along the wide grass verge to the Tesco roundabout;
• a new off-road shared route linking Tesco roundabout to A24 Farthings Hill, which will convert lane one of the existing dual carriageway to a raised footway/cycleway;
• changes to lane markings on the dual carriageway link between the A24 Farthings Hill junction and the Tesco roundabout;
• cycle and footway improvements to the A24 Farthings Hill roundabout, including the introduction of traffic signal 'toucan' crossings and raised south bridge parapet for a cycle route upgrade.
The contractor for the scheme is Jackson Civil Engineering. Shops and businesses in Broadbridge Heath will be able to open as usual throughout.
The work is expected to finish in the autumn of 2019.
More details please see: Broadbridge Heath major highways improvements
Key background facts:
• The principles behind this project have been in the public domain for more than a decade and were part of the 2007 Local Plan consultation.
• The Plan established the key aim of creating one community in Broadbridge Heath, uniting the ‘old’ and ‘new’ areas by removing the busy road in the middle of the parish, creating more north-south links, and encouraging both parts of the community to use the Neighbourhood Centre and the green space on the opposite side of the road.
• Horsham District Council approved the planning principles in 2011 when an outline application for 963 houses was given consent.