Pedestrians and motorists in Bolney village can look forward to a safer journey along the A272 from now on.
A new pedestrian crossing was opened this week by West Sussex County Council and Bolney Parish Council.
The crossing connects the north and south of the village and will make it much easier for people to cross the busy road safely.
The A272 Cowfold Road was resurfaced as part of the project and five new lighting columns were put in.
The scheme cost £100,000.
Bolney Parish Council clerk Debbie Thomas said: “It has been a long time coming and is going to make a huge difference to the village.
“It will join the southern side of the parish with the northern side.
“We have had issues with road accidents in the past.
“So having a pedestrian crossing here will make it easier for the people who live south of the village to cross the road and get to school, or catch a bus.
“It will join the village together.
County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, John O’Brien, said: “This new scheme will make it safer for residents crossing such a busy road.
“The pedestrian crossing will slow motorists and is an improvement the community living here has been crying out for.”
County Council’s Member for Hurstpierpoint and Bolney, Peter Griffiths, said: “This is a great example of a community and council working together.
“It has been nine years in the making.
“It will prevent a large number of road traffic accidents for people driving through this area, and it is the only crossing for the only shop in the village.”