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
(Position at March/April 2021 - Proposed works)
Further remedial works are now planned at the A24 Farthings Hill, the Broadbridge Way/Tesco Roundabout and Billingshurst Road to replace and repair defects to the road surfaces and some drainage works.
There are also RSA3 remedials works planned and changes to the bus gate (see below). This is normal for large schemes where defects are monitored and tracked by West Sussex County Council (WSCC) and then a suitable time (normally time of year based for surfacing) is agreed to complete the defect works. This is also towards the end of the year maintenance period for Jackson Civil Engineering with WSCC.
The works to be completed, in detail, are:
- install signage at the off slip from Highwood Junction with the A24 and from Farthing Hill roundabout
- repair footpath adjacent to Shell and Hendy Ford garages
- repair footpaths along Broadbridge Way at Newbridge roundabout interchange and C622 rural footpath
- replacement of footpath at Tesco roundabout along Broadbridge Way
- drainage remedials on the surfaced cycleway between Tesco roundabout and A24 Farthings Hill
- replacement of a damaged manhole cover within Billingshurst Road
- surface course replacement within the main carriageway along Billingshurst Road
- installation of drainage system within the main carriageway, adjacent to underpass
- replacement of tactile paving located within the footpath adjacent to Tesco roundabout along Broadbridge Way
- general maintenance and drainage system clearance along the connector road
- bus gate improvement works
- filter drain installation adjacent to rural footpath
- Billingshurst Road pedestrian crossing repairs
- general landscaping maintenance works.
The following restrictions will need to be implemented to allow the works packages to be completed:
- Road closures with diversions routes
- Lane closures
- Footpath closures with diversion routes
- Temporary traffic lights
Start/finish: 7.30am-5.30pm. Date period: 29 March - 16 April 2021.
Start/finish 9.00pm-6.30am. Date period: 18 April - 22 April 2021.
To facilitate the works, it will be completed at night (from around 9.00pm-6.30am) in an attempt to reduce the impact on traffic flows during the daytime hours.
Bus gate alterations
The proposed works also include changes to the one-way bus gate westbound (from Tesco Roundabout) which will be altered to allow for eastbound (towards Tesco roundabout) bus infrastructure and changes to the traffic signs and restrictions. The gate will continue to be restricted for all other vehicles except buses and cycles.
Jackson Civil Engineering will be notifying those local residents that are close to the proposed works areas, via a letter drop, to advise of potential noise at night-time and how it will be managed. There will be night closures in and around the area - please check Roadworks.org/One.Network for updates and permit details.
Advance warning signs of the works have been placed at each end of Broadbridge Way (at Newbridge and Farthings Hill Junctions).
WSCC is undertaking a post-opening review of traffic flows, speeds and movements (at key junctions and roads only) at the scheme and at key local junctions and routes/villages from 22 March.
We do appreciate that traffic flows are not quite back to normal, but the A24 Robin Hood junction improvement scheme is due to start on 6 April and this is the only window of opportunity to complete the surveys. This includes reviewing HGV issues on Broadbridge Way and at the bus gate/Sergeants Way.
Feedback on the scheme should now be directed to WSCC using our online form.