Advanced Notice of a Temporary Closure A29 Church Hill, Pulborough – 5th July 2024

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The A29 at Church Hill in Pulborough will be temporarily closed on Friday 5th July 2024. This will be to allow for a routine inspection of the site and a formal inspection of the traffic signal equipment to ensure it is operating as it should and there are no equipment issues or damage.

This closure, which is essential for the safety of both the public and workforce, is scheduled to take place after the morning’s rush hour period, starting at approximately 10am and should last no longer than four hours.

As with previous closures, there will be a full, signed diversion route. We appreciate that this will cause some disruption to the local road network and apologise for any inconvenience, however, it is necessary to allow us to monitor the situation.

We share residents’ frustrations on the slow progress on work to safely re-open Church Hill in Pulborough. We have tried to resolve this in a number of ways and will continue to work on finding a solution.

Until works can be carried out to both private embankments, it is not safe to re-open the road under normal conditions.

The county council has engaged regularly with the landowners to set out the works that need to be carried out, which would be at the council’s expense. Unfortunately, the landowners have not so far given permission.

We will continue to pursue an agreed solution with the landowners, but we are also continuing to make use of the powers available to us under highways legislation. These are of course subject to challenge through the courts and potential further delays, so we are also exploring other legal routes and will use them if necessary.

 

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