Tackling Ash Dieback for road safety: further tree felling works scheduled

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Felling trees infected with Ash Dieback

Further work is ongoing to remove Ash trees which could pose a risk to road users because of Ash Dieback infection and the potential for branches to fall into the road.

Ash Dieback is a highly destructive disease which is predicted to kill a high number of Ash trees across the country, and there is no known cure. Removing infected trees is currently the best way to avoid spread of the disease.

To continue to keep the road network safe, the County Council needs to fell severely infected trees. Their removal will open the area to light and allow natural regeneration of trees from the existing seed source.

Dates scheduled for future felling works

Felling works have been ongoing across West Sussex, with new dates now scheduled, all subject to factors such as severe weather:

A29 Stane Street, Slindon – 13th September (one day) – temporary traffic lights between 9am and 4pm
A24 Southwater bypass – Northbound 20th to 27th September, Southbound 28th September to 6th October (excluding weekends) – one lane will be closed between 9am and 3pm
A281 – Eastbound and Westbound, Rudgwick to Broadbridge Heath, 14th September to 8th November: temporary traffic lights at various specific locations between 9am and 4pm

Road users are urged to allow extra time for their journeys and West Sussex County Council apologise for any inconvenience caused by the works.

Further details of the County Council’s Ash Dieback action plan can be found on their website page: www.westsussex.gov.uk/Ash-dieback

More information on how they manage and maintain trees on the highway can also be found online. www.westsussex.gov.uk/tree-and-hedge-maintenance

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