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.
Further steps are being taken by the contractor to ensure the scheme is built on time.
From Monday 26 March, the number of teams working simultaneously in different areas of the route will be increased from two to three. For the safety of the workforce and public, when required there will be three sets of temporary traffic lights on these different sections of the route from 8.00am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Weekend working is also being introduced from Saturday, 7 April. There will be two teams working in two areas simultaneously and two sets of temporary traffic lights, from 8.00am to 4.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
You are urged to allow extra time for your journeys wherever possible.
Bob Lanzer, the County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “Every effort is being made to try to minimise the total time the scheme takes and the total disruption caused. These new working arrangements will help us complete the scheme as soon as possible. We would like to thank the public for their patience during the construction and apologise for the inconvenience caused.”
The scheme was met with unexpected challenges early on, and although extensive surveys were carried out before the scheme started, fibre-optic cables were found a lot nearer ground level than anticipated. Despite this, and because of the measures already taken and the new ones planned, the scheme remains on course to meet the original target of a spring-time finish.
The construction of the scheme is being undertaken in 14 sections:Map of construction sections (external link)
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.