Further steps taken to build A259 pedestrian/cycleway on time

Further steps are being taken to try to ensure the combined pedestrian and cycleway between Bognor Regis and Littlehampton is built on time.

Working hours had already been extended on the A259 scheme, which aims to reduce overall traffic congestion and encourage sustainable forms of transport. Now, from Monday, 26th March, the number of teams working simultaneously in different areas of the route will be increased from two to three.

For the safety of the workforce and public, when required there will be three sets of temporary traffic lights on these different sections of the road from 8am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Weekend working is also being introduced from Saturday, 7th April. There will be two teams working in two areas simultaneously, and two sets of temporary traffic lights, from 8am to 4.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

People are urged to please allow extra time for their journeys wherever possible.

Bob Lanzer, county council Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “Every effort is being made to try to minimise the total time the scheme takes and the total disruption caused.

“These new working arrangements will help us complete the project as soon as possible. We would like to thank the public for their patience during the construction and apologise for the inconvenience caused.”

The project was met with unexpected challenges early on. Although extensive surveys were carried out before the project started, fibre-optic cables were found a lot nearer ground-level than anticipated.

Despite this, and because of the measures already taken and the new ones planned, the scheme remains on course to meet the original target of a Springtime finish.

The combined footway and cycleway will include new and improved lighting and crossing facilities at Yapton Road, north of the junction with the A259 (Comet Corner), and Church Lane roundabout at the junction with the A259.

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