COMMUTERS will face delays as working hours on a cycle route from Bognor Regis are extended.
Highways officers have decided to increase the time during which construction work is carried out on the £2m combined footway and cycleway alongside the A259.
This means that workmen will be on site from 8am to 4.30pm weekdays from next Monday compared to the current hours of 9.30am-3.30pm.
The move has been made because of the need to make up time after fibre optic cables were found closer to the surface than expected from the extensive surveys carried out before the scheme started.
The additional hours should mean the project still being completed this spring as originally scheduled in spite of the challenges. It began last autumn.
Cllr Bob Lanzer, West Sussex County Council’s cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: “We would like to thank the public for their patience during the work.
“We realise the revised working times will have an impact for people going to and from work, school and so on.
“We apologise for this but the longer working hours will help us complete the project as soon as possible.”
The work for 4.5km between Flansham and Climping to connect with existing cycle routes will create a safer and more direct route for cyclists and pedestrians.
It is intended to reduce overall traffic congestion and encourage sustainable forms of transport.
The combined footway and cycleway will also include new and improved lighting and crossing facilities at B2132 Yapton Road north of the junction with the A259 (Comet Corner) and Church Lane roundabout at the junction with the A259.