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Work will create a safer road junction

WORK is set to start this month on building a mini-roundabout in Felpham.


West Sussex County Council’s contractor is due to begin creating the traffic improvement scheme at the junction of Summerley Lane and Felpham Way on January 21.


The work is due to take six weeks, subject to severe weather and other factors outside of the workers’ control.


Three-way, temporary traffic lights will be in place for most of that period. They will include temporary pedestrian crossing signals.


A West Sussex highways spokesman said: “We apologise for any inconvenience and delays caused during the works.


“Please be assured we will do all we can to try to limit this as much as possible by manually controlling the temporary traffic lights during peak periods.”


The £140,000 is being funded by money from the developers of nearby housing.


Both the county councillor for the area and Felpham Parish Council identified the junction as needing improvement.


Consultation in the area led to the new mini-roundabout being included in an overall improvement scheme for Felpham.


It is aimed at reducing the impact of increased traffic from new developments nearby.


The mini-roundabout will:


* make it easier for motorists to get in and out of Summerley Lane
* improve safety for those making a right turn out of the junction
* help to reduce traffic speeds in that section of Felpham Way


The introduction of the mini-roundabout also means the controlled pedestrian crossing in Felpham Way will need to be moved – to outside the petrol station.


The existing pedestrian refuge islands will be enlarged to provide safer places to cross the road.

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