By Lotte Pegler
Residents’ calls for cut-through traffic and vehicle speeds to be reduced have been answered.
Work on new traffic calming measures near The Regis School is due to start on January 20.
The community led initiative aims to slow down vehicles in Frith Road and discourage non-residential traffic from using the area.
A West Sussex Highways spokesman said: “Residents asked us to review traffic conditions in Frith Road, and Westloats Lane to Collyer Avenue, which fronts The Regis Schools, Phoenix Youth Centre and The Arena Sports Centre.
“They were concerned about the speed of traffic and that it was being used as a cut-through by non-residential road users.
“They also had safety concerns for pedestrians and cyclists, given that it is a 20mph, low-speed zone.”
The £95,000 scheme will include three pairs of speed cushions. Each will be 3m long, including ramps of 600mm and 1.7m wide.
Plans also include a raised table, which will be 65mm high, and will be installed in Frith Road between Pevensey Road and Gravits Lane. All ramps will be 1m long. All features will be constructed from black macadam.
Frith Road will be closed to vehicular through-traffic in phases and signed diversions will be in place.
The spokesman added: “Work of this nature does cause disruption, for which we apologise.
“Every effort will be made to try to minimise the inconvenience. For example, being near The Regis and Southway Primary Schools, we have chosen to schedule the work between January 20 and February 21, which includes the half-term holiday.”
West Sussex County Council has been consulting about its plan for a series of traffic-calming features in Frith Road since late 2018.
At the time, a statement from its director of law and assurance, Tony Kershaw, said: “West Sussex County Council proposes to install a system of raised traffic calming features on Frith Road in Bognor Regis. Frith Road is a narrow residential road and provides the main route to The Regis School.
“The road is subject to a 20mph speed limit. The proposed features are intended to discourage traffic from using Frith Road as a shortcut and to encourage compliance with the 20mph speed limit.
“The proposed features are intended to improve compliance with the 20mph speed limit and to thereby improve safety in Frith Road.”
To construct the raised table, at the entrance of Gravits Lane, The Arena and The Regis School, the junction and car park will be closed to vehicles on February 21, between 9am – 4pm, except for emergencies.