We are pleased to confirm the construction of the scheme is now complete, and we want to thank you for your patience during this time.
We hope many of you will start to enjoy using the new facility and the benefits it will bring to the community for years to come.
We are making good progress on the construction of a scheme to provide a safe and direct route for pedestrians and cyclists travelling between Bognor Regis and Littlehampton.
The proposed scheme of around 4.5km in length will include:
- a new footway/cycleway around 3m wide from Hoe Lane, Flansham to the west of Yapton Road (the Oystercatcher pub) along the northern verge of the A259
- widening of the existing footway along the northern verge of the A259 from Yapton Road to Ferry Road junctions in Climping to around 3m wide
- new and improved crossing facilities at:
- B2132 Yapton Road north of the junction with the A259 (Comet Corner)
- Church Lane north of the roundabout with the A259.
The County Council understand cyclists currently choose to avoid the A259 due to the volume, speed of traffic and the number of heavy goods vehicles travelling along the A259. They do so by following the existing National Cycle Network, which takes them on a significant diversion via Yapton, which lengthens their journey times.
Following a public consultation in October 2016 about 70% of the people who responded indicated they were likely to use the scheme when it is ready.
The scheme was met with unexpected challenges over the course of its construction and we would like to thank the public for their patience during this period.
We hope it will be completed by the end of June and everyone can start to enjoy the benefit it can bring.
The construction of the scheme is being undertaken in 14 sections:
Map of construction sections
A 40mph temporary speed limit is in place for the section of the A259 between Rookery Farm and the Oystercatcher pub and will remain for the duration of the scheme construction.
When required, temporary traffic management including temporary traffic lights control, lane and road closure will also be used to ensure the safety of construction workers and the travelling public.
Frequently asked questions
Why is the scheme required on the A259 between Bognor Regis and Littlehampton?
The proposed scheme will support economic development in the area by providing a safer and more direct pedestrian and cycle route between the two major coastal towns. It will link up with the new footway/cycleway on Bognor Regis Relief Road to the west and also the existing segregated use footway/cycleway to the east.
The route will also offer a more sustainable travel option than using the increasingly congested A259.
Who is responsible for the construction of the scheme?
Jackson Civil Engineering is responsible for the construction of the scheme.
What will the scheme cost to implement?
The estimated cost for implementing the scheme is £2m, jointly funded by the Coast to Capital Local Economic Partnership and West Sussex County Council.
Why are the works taking place now?
Although there is never a good time to undertake any roadworks, particularly on the A259, this is a significant investment opportunity which will bring about major improvements to the pedestrian and cycle network in the area.
What disruption can motorists expect during the works?
Motorists can expect disruption and longer queues when using the affected section of the A259.
Where possible, please allow additional time for your journey, or avoid even using the affected section of the A259.
Will the A259 remain open during the works?
The A259 will remain open throughout the construction period but short sections of Worms Lane (at Comet Corner) and Yapton Road will be closed.
We will communicate when this will happen in a timely manner.
Why can't the works be done at night?
It is not safe and not economical to undertake the works overnight due to the lack of street lights along the route. However, we are currently considering the feasibility of undertaking some night works adjacent to Church Lane (Ford roundabout) area to help manage daytime travel disruption.
At what time of day will the works take place?
Normal working hours will be between 7.30am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. However, there may be some night working required and we will communicate this in a timely manner.
We will erect advance public information signs and variable message signs at key locations to keep you informed. These will remind you to make necessary preparations to manage your journeys.
Will the local community be affected during construction?
We will be working closely with the contractor to ensure any disruption is kept to a reasonable minimum, taking into account the type and scale of the works.
You will still be able to access your property and wherever possible, footpaths will be left open.
We will communicate relevant information in a timely manner using appropriate media channels to ensure that everyone is kept informed as construction progresses.
Will the works affect my bus journey?
Yes. We will be liaising with all bus operators to ensure that the impact the works will have on their timetables can be managed.
Will emergency services be affected by the works?
It is likely but we will be working closely with emergency services to ensure that the works have minimal impact on their operations.