MOTORISTS have been advised to allow extra time for their journeys on the A259 east of Bognor Regis.
The main construction work began this week on a £2m cycleway and footpath along the coastal road’s northern side.
The major improvement scheme is set to last six months, weather permitting. The A259 will remain open throughout but temporary traffic lights will be used during part of the works. Short sections of Worms Lane and Yapton Road at Comet Corner will be closed.
West Sussex County Council’s cabinet member for highways, Cllr Bob Lanzer, said: “Delays for road users are inevitable when this type of major improvement scheme is taking place.
“So, we would advise people to allow extra time for their journeys. We apologise for the inconvenience and will do all we can to keep disruption to a minimum.”
The new cyclepath/footway along the 4.5km route will be 3m wide and stretch from Hoe Lane to the west of Yapton Road. The existing footway from Yapton Road to Church Lane in Climping will be widened to 3m and the footway just west of Ferry Road junction will also be widened.
New and improved crossing facilities will be created at Yapton Road, north of Comet Corner; A259/Climping Street junction; Church Lane/A259 roundabout; and A259 west of Ferry Road junction.
Edwin Jones, the secretary of Bognor Regis and Chichester Cycling UK, said: “We welcome the start of work on construction of the Flansham to Climping cyclepath alongside the main road.
“The A259 from Bognor Regis to Littlehampton is very busy with fast-moving cars and lorries and is quite narrow. It is only used by the bravest of cyclists.
“Completion of the path will encourage many more people to cycle safely from Bognor Regis to Littlehampton both for leisure and commuting, taking more people out of cars.”
The completion of the path next spring would create an almost complete cyclepath from Littlehampton to Bognor Regis and on to Chichester.
He said most cyclists currently avoided the A259 by taking a long diversion through Middleton and Yapton.
Half the funding for the scheme came from the Coast to Capital local economic partnership. It aimed to promote sustainability and the money would have been spent elsewhere if it had not been used for the cyclepath, he added.