Shedding light on Fishersgate footbridge with community-backed scheme

Project designed to illuminate the steps and bridge to help pedestrians see better and feel safer at night

 

Release date: 28 September 2018

A community-backed scheme starts soon to bring lighting and improve safety for pedestrians at a footbridge in Fishersgate.

Following a request from residents, and with local county councillor support, West Sussex Highways is providing low-energy, LED lighting at Gardners Footbridge, Eastbrook Way.

It will be designed to illuminate the steps and bridge to help pedestrians see better and feel safer at night.

As there are no nearby alternative routes for pedestrians, the footbridge will be open while the lighting is installed and work areas will be kept safe for passers-by.

A West Sussex Highways spokesperson said: “People using the footbridge will be given advice and may be guided past the work area by the contractor but are also asked to please take extra care there while the project is ongoing.”

The project is planned to start on 8 October. It is scheduled to take two weeks, subject to factors such as severe weather.

The works will be undertaken by SSE Contracting and are expected to cost £20,000. They are being funded from the county council’s Community Highway Schemes budget.

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