(Position at August 2018)
West of Horsham and south of Broadbridge Heath village, has seen a large expansion of housing since 2010.
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 junction.
The route was formerly the A264 (now diverted onto a new east-west link west of the Horsham development area and a new A24 grade separated interchange) and part of the planning approval includes downgrading the old A264; 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 re-route the Billingshurst Road on a new connector road to a narrowed C622 including new shared surfaces paths, road narrowing and improved crossing facilities at the roundabout
- a new off-road shared surface linking Newbridge roundabout along the wide grass verge to the Tesco roundabout
- a new off-road shared surface 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 link from A24 Farthings to retail units and Tesco
- cycle and footway improvements to A24 Farthings Hill, including:
- the introduction of traffic signal crossings
- raised south bridge parapet (for cycle route upgrade)
- widened footways
- widening of the Old Guildford Road entry to the roundabout
- 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 during 2009 and 2010.
WSCC has been liaising with Horsham District Council and Broadbridge Heath Parish Council on options at both junction improvements, and the new off-road shared surface was added following discussions with the West Sussex Cycle Forum.
WSCC is currently in the process of preparing to tender the main construction works, with an expectation that construction will start before the end of March 2019.
Between now and then the County Council is undertaking advanced preparatory works, such as:
- moving street lights
- moving or lowering existing utilities equipment
- changing any bridge parapets where new cycle routes are proposed.