Release date: 16 July 2020
Essential preparation work will re-start soon ahead of a major improvement scheme to widen single-lane stretches of the A259 into dual carriageway in Angmering and Littlehampton.
Preparation work in Angmering was paused while a public inquiry into a Compulsory Purchase Order – essential for the scheme – was held and a decision published. The Secretary of State confirmed the council had satisfactorily responded to objections raised, so the scheme can progress.
Preparation work is set to re-start on 10 August. It will include tree and vegetation clearance, utilities work and archaeological evaluations between the A280 roundabout and Station Road in Angmering. The same works will also begin between Highdown Drive and the Body Shop roundabout in Littlehampton.
None of the trees being cleared are subject to Tree Preservation Orders and an ecologist will be on hand throughout the works to ensure any nesting birds are not disturbed. There will be a replanting scheme at the end of the project.
Minimal traffic control should be needed at this stage, so it is hoped there will be little impact on traffic flow.
The main part of the construction work is likely to start in the autumn and will widen the same single-lane stretches of road in Angmering and Littlehampton – totalling about 2km – to dual carriageway.
There will also be approximately 2km of new pedestrian and cycle route on the south side of the improved road. Much of this will be segregated from the road by a grass verge.
Roger Elkins, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “I’m pleased we can now make progress again with this scheme, which is so important for both road users and the local economy.
“Strategically, the dual carriageway will support the provision of at least 800 new homes and 8.95 hectares of new employment space. It will reduce congestion and so cut both journey times and pollution.”
The dual carriageway works have an approved budget of £25.8mllion funded by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, West Sussex County Council and through private developer contributions.
More details can be found at www.westsussex.gov.uk/A259 The page will be kept up to date with important information about the scheme as it progresses. Just before the main construction starts, residents and businesses will be able to find details on the web page about how to sign up to regular email updates from the appointed contractor.