By Kevin Smith
A massive increase in government roads funding could be used to improve a crucial road in Bognor Regis.
West Sussex County Council’s consultants have compiled a series of designs for major junctions along the A259 link to Littlehampton.
The drawings are due to be shown to councillors in the area early next month before the final drawings are created.
Paul Eagle, West Sussex County Council’s principal transport planner, said the scheme might benefit from the Chancellor’s £27 billion boost for strategic roads schemes announced hours earlier.
“Hopefully, we will get some of that,” told councillors on Wednesday.
The seven miles of the A259 between the two towns is seen by the government’s Department for Transport as part of the major road network because of its strategic importance.
The county council intends to seek funding from the National Roads Fund to improve the busy corridor after Transport for the South East identified the improvements as one of its top ten priority schemes. An outline business case for the funding should be submitted this spring.
“The consultants have been busy. They have produced lots of designs.
“They have created up to three designs for each junction. They are being shown around county council officers for comments and officers at Arun District Council as well,” said Mr Eagle.
The sites concerned include Comet Corner in Yapton and Middleton, Grevatts Lane in Climping and the Oystercatcher junction further east.
A long list of potential improvements has been compiled. As well as the junctions, they include public transport, walking and cycling infrastructure.
Cllr Paul English called for more involvement from the parishes which lined the route after a lack of information about the first meeting.
“I would like to see the parishes involved in this. This is a very important route out of this area,” he said.
Cllr Steve Goodheart, of Bognor Regis Town Council, said: “I concur with Cllr English. “This is so important it needs to be got out to as many of the parishes as possible.
“Residents from all of our areas use that road. It’s very apparent that there are lots and lots of issues that need to be explored.”
He also called for the north to south connections from the A259 to be taken into account.
County councillor Jacky Pendleton said the A259 project should consider the large number of homes being planned for the area.
“My concern is that some of the development around this particular area might not be taken into account and, therefore, the opportunity to improve the road for them might be lost,” she said.
“Let’s get clear about this. We need to get ready for the housing.”
Cllr Hugh Coster, of Arun District Council, said: “I would very much like to be involved in this.
“I have driven along the A259 for 56 years. I have seen the road in all its moods and all its variations and all its weather and, in particular, the Comet Corner and Oystercatcher junctions.”