(Position at March 2019)
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.
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, and the new off-road pedestrian/cycle path was added following discussions with the West Sussex Cycle Forum.
The County Council has issued the schemes to its selected list of contractors and is awaiting their tenders. The anticipated construction period is early April 2019 to Autumn 2019.
Between now and then advanced preparatory works is being undertaking, such as:
- moving street lights
- moving or lowering existing utilities equipment
- changing any bridge parapets where new cycle routes are proposed.
A Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) has been completed, detailing a change to local speed limits in and around the scheme. Temporary orders for road closures for the construction works have been published.
Start of works
WSCC have appointed Jackson Civil Engineering to build the highway improvements and the expectation is works will start in early April, including a road closure of the C622 (Old Broadbridge Bypass, A281) and part of Billingshurst Road between Shelley Drive and Newbridge Roundabout.
A leaflet will be sent out to advise residents and businesses of the works and large message signs with the actual closure date will be placed on site in the next couple of weeks.
The WSCC highways team will keep the website and parish magazine updated with key dates, activities and events (such as any night time closures). The mobile signs will also be used if deemed necessary.