Release date: 13 December 2018
Essential preparation work starts soon along the A259 in Littlehampton and Angmering to clear the way for a major improvement scheme.
Weather permitting, the clearance of vegetation and trees will start on 7 January, 2019, and 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.
Roger Elkins, county council Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “This is essential preparation work ahead of the major A259 improvements scheme to widen around 2km of single-lane road to dual carriageway.
“A lot of future house building and commercial development is planned for north of Littlehampton and this will increase the current traffic issues on the A259. The improvement scheme will reduce congestion and so cut both journey times and pollution. New facilities will also be included for both pedestrians and cyclists to help promote sustainable transport.”
The major works are due to start in mid to late 2019.
The scheme is forecast to cost £14.8m, and is funded by West Sussex County Council in partnership with the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.
Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital said: “The regeneration of coastal towns is key to unlocking economic prosperity in the Coast to Capital area.
“We are delighted to have contributed towards a scheme which will improve connectivity and promote sustainable transport mobility. By working closely with partners we will continue to ensure that fantastic infrastructure in the area is in place for generations to come.”
The first section of road widening will be from the new junction east of Wick roundabout, where the new Lyminster bypass and Fitzalan link road join the A259 from the north and south. This section will end at the Body Shop roundabout.
A new pedestrian and cycling path will be built to the south of the dual carriageway, separated from the road by a verge along much of the route. Minor alterations will be made to the Body Shop roundabout to take the new, wider approach into account. The existing controlled crossing point will be retained.
The second section will be from the Station Road roundabout in Angmering to the A280 roundabout. This will feature a new cycling and pedestrian route to the south, separated from the main carriageway by a verge.
More details can be found at Road projects