Release date: 17 March 2021
As part of West Sussex County Council’s ongoing commitment to improving traffic capacity on the highway, major improvement work starts soon at the A24 Robin Hood roundabout junction in Horsham.
The project will start on 6 April, subject to factors such as severe weather. In the first stage there will be lane closures on the A24 so that street lighting and traffic signal ducts can be installed, followed by night-time closures between the Great Daux and Farthings Hill roundabouts: this is so temporary traffic management measures can be introduced.
A West Sussex County Council spokesperson said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused during the works but please bear in mind this project will lead to long-term improvements.
“We are liaising with the project team working on Legal and General’s nearby Land North of Horsham project to try to minimise the impact on traffic in the area as much as possible.”
The Robin Hood junction improvements include:
- widening the A24 northbound, from two lanes to three
- widening the A24 southbound, from two lanes to four
- widening the exit from Warnham Road on to the roundabout
- traffic signal control on the A24 approaches and on the Warnham Road, with traffic signal control on the roundabout
- provision of a signalised 'Toucan' crossing across the Northbound exit of the A24 (towards A24 Great Daux)
- improved footway and cycleway connection, Warnham Road to Robin Hood Lane and the Public Right of Way.
Benefits of the scheme include:
- providing increased road capacity at the junction to allow for increased traffic due to local developments and through traffic;
- the provision of traffic lights with sensors, which adjust signal timings according to queuing levels to help ease congestion – these will be on signalled approaches (not Robin Hood Lane) and will help manage flows in the peak and off-peak periods;
- new crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists linking Warnham Park and the Public Right of Way with Warnham Road via new Toucan crossings.
The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-Autumn 2021.