Tackling Ash Dieback for road safety: further tree felling works scheduled

"To continue to keep the road network safe, the County Council needs to fell severely infected trees"

 

Release date: 12 September 2022

Further essential work is ongoing to remove Ash trees which could pose a risk to road users because of Ash Dieback infection and the potential for branches to fall into the road.

Ash Dieback is a highly destructive disease which, sadly, is predicted to kill a high number of Ash trees across the country, and there is no known cure. Removing infected trees is the best way to avoid spread of the disease.

To continue to keep the road network safe, the County Council needs to fell severely infected trees. Their removal will open the area to light and allow natural regeneration of trees from the existing seed source.

Felling works have been ongoing across West Sussex, with new dates now scheduled, all subject to factors such as severe weather:

  • A29 Stane Street, Slindon – 13 September (one day) - temporary traffic lights between 9am and 4pm
  • A24 Southwater bypass – Northbound 20 to 27 September, Southbound 28 September to 6 October (excluding weekends) - one lane will be closed between 9am and 3pm
  • A281 - Eastbound and Westbound, Rudgwick to Broadbridge Heath, 14 September to 8 November: temporary traffic lights at various specific locations between 9am and 4pm

Road users are urged to please allow extra time for their journeys and apologies for any inconvenience caused by the works.

Further details of the County Council's Ash Dieback action plan can be found on our website page.

More information on how we manage and maintain trees on the highway can also be found online.

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