(Position at January 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) is 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
- 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 will help to manage through traffic movement on the main routes A264, A281 and A24, which currently use the old bypass through the downgrading and closures (except for buses and taxis) on the C622, and redirecting this to the new A264 east-west link. This will help reduce traffic-related noise to properties adjoining the old bypass and reduce traffic through Broadbridge village.
This was completed as part of the developer's planning application/permission.
WSCC has informed Horsham District Council and Broadbridge Heath Parish Council on options at both junction improvements. The new off-road pedestrian/cycle path was added following discussions with the West Sussex Cycle Forum.
Start of works
WSCC have 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.
A leaflet has been sent out to advise residents and businesses of the works and large message signs with the closure were erected in advance of the closure.
WSCC and Jackson Civil Engineering will keep the website and parish magazine updated with key dates, activities and events (such as any night time closures). The mobile signs will continue to be used if deemed necessary.
We realise that works of this nature can be inconvenient for local residents and would ask for your understanding and patience whist we complete this project. If you have any queries or concerns contact Carole Jones of Jackson Civil Engineering.
The scheme opened on 18 December 2019, but there are some ongoing verge and footway works which will be concluded by the end of January 2020.
Weekly progress update
Please find below an update on the current status of the works for the Broadbridge Heath Major Improvement Scheme and scheduled works for the forthcoming week starting Monday 27 January 2020:
- The footway surfacing outside of Hendy Ford will be completed, which will allow full pedestrian access across the new traffic light controlled pedestrian crossing.
- Works will commence on removing and decommissioning the old footways within the centre of the roundabout.
- Works to widen the footway outside of the Shell filling station will also commence in the week.
- The tie-in works to Billingshurst Road is still in progress with new drainage, kerbs and footway construction continuing. Installation of the new kerbs and drainage gullies will be done with the use of temporary traffic signals.
- Night works will commence towards the end of the week to enable the re-surfacing of Billingshurst road at the tie into the new connector road and the re-surfacing of Newbridge roundabout to be completed.
- The new footway/cycleway from Tesco roundabout to Farthings Hill will be opened, enabling public access.
- The old Broadbridge Heath bypass between the new connector road and Tesco roundabout remains closed to allow Countryside Properties to complete the final stages of the Neighbourhood Centre downgrading works.
Countryside Properties and their contractors, Walker Construction, have now started their works on the final stage of downgrading the existing road network around the new neighbourhood centre. They are now in control of the road closure between Tesco roundabout and the new connector road.
Please remember that businesses are open as usual at Tesco, the Bridge Leisure Centre, Bridge Retail Park and in the village of Broadbridge Heath.