Proposals have been put forward to make temporary crossing arrangements near Worthing’s former Aquarena site even safer.
The former swimming pool site, which has planning permission for 141 homes, including a 15-storey tower, is currently shrouded in hoardings for public safety while demolition and building work take place. This is likely to be ongoing for three years.
The developer put up clear signage for pedestrians to follow, advising where the walkway is closed in Brighton Road and where to use safe crossing points. However, some people were ignoring the advice and extra provision, including a temporary crossing directly opposite the new, Splashpoint leisure centre, was introduced.
Worthing and Adur Area Highways Manager Mike Thomas said: “We are working with the developer to produce the best solution. As the development is likely to be on-going for three years, an even more robust temporary solution is proposed using pavement build-outs, stick-down kerbs, and a set of traffic signals west of the junction with Madeira Avenue, opposite the parking for Splashpoint Leisure Centre.
“The location will provide a clear link for pedestrians between the leisure facilities and a safer, maintainable crossing point for residents and, in particular, schoolchildren visiting the Splashpoint Leisure Centre.”
Once the building work is complete, this crossing and associated features will be removed and the original, permanent crossing reinstated opposite the site of the former Aquarena.
Bob Lanzer, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “We always put safety as our number one priority. Unfortunately, despite clear signage advising where to cross the road, some pedestrians have been ignoring this and putting themselves at risk by walking in the road.
“Even when a more robust system is in place, we would still appeal to people to heed the advice on road signs which are there for everyone’s sake.”
Pictured: one of several signs on the approach to the development site in Brighton Road, Worthing