Release date: 5 November 2018
Work starts soon to replace two obsolete and ageing pedestrian crossings on The Esplanade in Bognor Regis.
The existing pelican facility near the Regis Centre will be replaced with a new-style puffin crossing. Work includes:
• Converting the traffic signal heads to LED to improve visibility and energy efficiency and reduce the need for lamp changes
• Inclusion of pedestrian beepers and rotating, cone-shaped tactile devices under the push button panel to help visually-impaired people tell when it is safe to cross
• Introducing new ‘pedestrian on crossing’ detectors to minimise delays for traffic while ensuring there is enough time for pedestrians to cross safely
• Replacing the corroded traffic signal poles
Once this is complete, work will move to the next crossing down The Esplanade, to near the junction with Clarence Road, where the pelican facility there will also be replaced with a new-style puffin crossing.
A West Sussex Highways spokesperson said: “During the works, two-way temporary traffic lights will be needed for the protection of the workforce and the public.
“For through traffic, we urge road users to seek alternative routes, if possible, particularly during peak periods. We apologise for any inconvenience.”
A temporary pedestrian crossing will be provided and shops, businesses and visitor attractions will be able to open as usual.
Subject to factors such as severe weather, the work is scheduled to start on 14 November and take until 30 November.
Replacing the crossings will cost a total of about £33,000.