A NEW event will bring the consultation about planned improvements to the A27 to Bognor Regis.
Highways England has added the town to its schedule of displays at the last minute. The additional occasion will take place from 10am-7pm next Wednesday at the Arena Sports Centre in Westloats Lane.
County council cabinet member for highways and transport, Cllr John O’Brien, said: “We are delighted residents and businesses in Bognor Regis are being given this opportunity to speak to Highways England face to face in the town.
“Please take this opportunity to see the exhibition and talk to the experts about the five options available.
“And, if you haven’t already done so, please respond to Highways England’s consultation online or complete a paper survey and drop it off at one of the collection points set up throughout the area.”
The multi-million proposals to the main traffic route will affect how easily motorists from the Bognor Regis area can get on to the A27 from roads like the A259 and Vinnetrow Road.
Bognor Regis had originally been left out of the list of 15 exhibition locations arranged by Highways England when they began on July 14.
Those outside the town will continue in Lavant, Selsey, Bracklesham Bay and Chichester Assembly Rooms until September 15 before the consultation closes a week later.
Pagham Parish Council’s planning committee stated its concerns about the proposed options.
Members agreed on Tuesday to ask their clerk, Nicola Jones, to compile a formal response which reflected their worries about the impact of any changes on traffic from the Pagham.
Cllr Ray Radmall said he feared that banning right-hand turns, as most of the five options proposed, would worsen road conditions around the parish.
“People who want to go west from the Manhood Peninsula are not going to want to travel east first and then double back. They are going to try and find a rat run. From the Hunston roundabout, the Witterings and Selsey, they are going to cut across and use the modified Vinnetrow Road junction with the A27, which is completely disruptive.
“Or they could even cut right through and go through Aldwick.
“We want to say we have already got a lot of additional housing on its way, as well as the industrialisation of Barfoot’s, and we don’t want the Manhood traffic as well. it will be a real disaster,” he said.
The committee members also agreed that the amount of disruption to the existing traffic should also be taken into account when the final scheme was chosen by Highways England.
Work on the improvements is set to take 41 months.
Cllr Mike Cole said he was sceptical any changes would improve conditions for motorists.
“All this is going to do is to split up the traffic going along the Chichester Bypass and pile up further down the A27 because you have bottlenecks towards Portsmouth,” he said.
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