West Sussex County Council is proposing a major highway infrastructure improvement project for the A259 Bognor Regis to Littlehampton corridor. The scheme which focusses on improving nine locations between Comet Corner and Bridge Road (Tesco) roundabout aims to help ease congestion and make journeys safer and more reliable along the route.
The scheme, which is underpinned by the Council Plan’s objective of supporting a sustainable and prosperous economy, is part of the West Sussex Transport Plan’s aim to provide a safer, more efficient and overall resilient transport network and will be supported by a funding bid to the Department for Transport later this year.
Subject to approval of the funding bid, the scheme design would be finalised with the submission of a full business case to the Department for Transport in late 2024 with a potential start to construction in spring/summer 2025.
Cllr Joy Dennis, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “The scheme is an important element of the major highway improvement schemes we are either currently implementing or proposing for the Arun area.
“It’s vital that we continue to invest in our county’s infrastructure to support ongoing growth, just as we are doing with the A259 Angmering and Littlehampton dualling and the A284 Lyminster bypass schemes.
“By making these major investments, we are improving our highway network for residents, businesses and visitors alike.”
The County Council has worked closely with key stakeholders to design the scheme and would now like to invite members of the public to view and comment on the proposed design options for each of the nine locations.
The online consultation starts on Monday, 13 March and will continue for six weeks, closing at midnight on Sunday, 23 April 2023.
During the consultation period, we will also be holding four in-person drop-in events at:
• Thursday 23 March, 11am–1pm at Climping Village Hall, Crookthorn Lane, Climping, Littlehampton BN17 5SN
• Thursday 23 March, 2pm–4.30pm at The Wickbourne Centre, Clun Road, Littlehampton BN17 7DZ
• Friday 24 March, 4.30pm–6.30pm at Jubilee Hall, Elmer Road, Middleton-on-Sea, Bognor Regis PO22 6EH
• Saturday 25 March, 10.30am–1pm at Yapton and Ford Village Hall, Main Road, Yapton, BN18 0ET
There will also be two online events hosted on Microsoft Teams on:
• Wednesday 29 March, 1pm – 2pm
• Tuesday 18 April, 6pm – 7pm
At each of these events, the project team will be on hand to answer questions and provide further information to attendees.
Please visit https://yourvoice.westsussex.gov.uk/a259 for further details, including how to access the online events, and to comment on the proposals.
Anyone without internet access, or who needs the information in an alternative format, such as large print or Braille, can contact us on 01243 642105.