(Position at end of May 2020)
West of Horsham and south of Broadbridge Heath village has seen a large expansion of housing since 2010, with further housing currently under construction adjacent to Newbridge roundabout.
Part of the planning approval of the housing included the developer providing funding for changes to the roundabout at Newbridge (A281/Billingshurst Road junction) and the A24 Farthings Hill roundabout.
The route was formerly the A264 (now diverted onto a new east-west link west of the Horsham development area and a new A24 roundabout) and part of the planning approval includes downgrading the old A264 Broadbridge Heath bypass; this will be known as the C622. For further planning history please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Sussex County Council (WSCC) was responsible for the design and delivery of the three parts of the Broadbridge Heath major highways improvements, which consist of:
- alterations to the Newbridge roundabout to restrict access into Broadbridge Heath village from the A281
- re-routing the Billingshurst Road along a new connector road to link it with a narrowed C622
- new shared footways/cycleways and improved crossing facilities at Newbridge roundabout
- a new off-road shared route linking Newbridge roundabout along the wide grass verge to the Tesco roundabout
- a new off-road shared route linking Tesco roundabout to A24 Farthings Hill, which will convert lane one of the existing dual carriageway to a raised footway/cycleway
- changes to lane markings on the dual carriageway link between the A24 Farthings Hill junction and the Tesco roundabout
- cycle and footway improvements to A24 Farthings Hill roundabout, including: the introduction of traffic signal 'toucan' crossings; raised south bridge parapet (for cycle route upgrade); widened footways; and minor alterations to entries and exits to the Hendy showroom and Shell petrol station.
The schemes, along with other local developments (Countryside Properties New Neighbourhood Centre, currently under construction), will help to improve access for residents, walking and cycling between the junctions and shopping and retail areas.
It manages through traffic movement on the main routes A264, A281 and A24, which used to use the 'old bypass' through the downgrading and closures (except for buses) on the C622, and redirecting this to the new A264 east-west link. These changes are in line with the overall West of Horsham Development area and Horsham District Council Local Plan.
Completion of works
WSCC appointed Jackson Civil Engineering (JCE) to build the highway improvements and works started on 7 May 2019, including the road closure of the C622 (Old Broadbridge Bypass, A281) and part of Billingshurst Road between Shelley Drive and Newbridge roundabout, with bus access only.
The scheme partially opened on 18 December 2019. Due to some ongoing verge and footway works, the scheme was completed on 21 February 2020.
JCE undertook public engagement throughout the works, which had been agreed as part of the developer’s planning application/permission. There is always disruption and inconvenience during major construction works and WSCC and JCE would like to thank all residents and businesses in the area for their patience and understanding during the planned works.
What happens next
An independent Road Safety Audit (3) was completed during May 2020, this is a standard process for all new highway schemes and relates only to the new works that have been built (so nothing outside the areas of the works).
WSCC and JCE will have a maintenance period of around a year and any faults related to the new works will be recorded and any defects completed.
Landscape areas have been tidied up but still require further treatment, which is with JCE.
Countryside Property and Walker Construction are currently building the remaining parking areas and access roads at the Neighbourhood Centre and finalising the downgrading of the C622. These works have been delayed due to COVID-19 but have restarted. Contact Walker Construction for an anticipated completion date.
Issues relating to the Bus Gate are being investigated by WSCC and discussions are ongoing with Countryside Properties. If you have further comments on this, use the WSCC feedback form below.
Once all the planned highway works have been completed, WSCC will undertake a post-opening review of traffic flows, speeds and movements (at key junctions only) at the scheme and at key local junctions and routes/villages. Due to the impacts of COVID-19 on the economy and traffic patterns this is not now likely to take place until WSCC can confirm traffic flows are nearing pre-lockdown conditions.
The rural shared path (pedestrians and cyclists) linking Newbridge roundabout, Connector Road through to Wickhurst roundabout (Tesco) is not intended to be surfaced with 'blacktop' or require streetlighting, it is an improved leisure route over the original 'trodden' grass track used predominantly by residents exercising their dogs and has been upgraded to blend in with the semi-rural nature of the verges and provide an improved link between key points.
Feedback on the scheme should now be directed to WSCC using our online form.