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Extra work needed to finish cycleway

EXTRA workers have been drafted in to get a new cycleway from Bognor Regis finished on time.


The number of teams creating the route to Littlehampton was increased from two to three on Monday.


This is set to mean up to three sets of temporary traffic lights on different sections of the A259 from 8am-4.30pm on weekdays to enable construction of the £2m route to take place.


Weekend working is also being started from April 7. This will see two teams working simultaneously, and two sets of temporary traffic lights, between the same times on Saturdays and Sundays.


Motorists are urged to allow more time for their journeys where possible.


A West Sussex County Council spokesman said the contractor would absorb the additional costs.


“The extra resources are being met within the terms of the existing contract, so there will be no additional costs to the county council,” he said.


This is the second time this year extra time has been devoted to the project to provide a combined cycleway and footpath between the eastern end of the Bognor Regis relief road in Flansham and the Ferry Road junction in Climping to link up with existing cycle routes.


Work began on the 4.5km-long path last summer, with the intention of finishing it this spring to provide the shortest and safest route along the coast on two wheels and two legs.


Cllr Bob Lanzer, the county council’s cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: “Every effort is being made to try to minimise the total time the scheme takes and the total disruption caused.


“These new working arrangements will help us complete the project as soon as possible. We would like to thank the public for their patience during the construction and apologise for the inconvenience caused.”


The project was met with unexpected challenges soon after it was started. Extensive surveys carried out in advance failed to show that fibre-optic cables were a lot closer to ground level than anticipated.


Despite this, and because of measures being taken to step up the amount of work being carried out, the original target of a springtime finish is still set to be met.


The combined footway and cycleway will be 3m wide and on the northern side of the A259.


It will include new and improved lighting and crossing facilities at Yapton Road, north of the junction with the A259 (Comet Corner) and the Church Lane roundabout at its junction with the A259.


The A259’s junction with Climping Street and the A259 west of its junction with Ferry Road will also benefit from better crossing facilities.

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