Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Work on junction at West Worthing crossing will impact on local businesses

West Sussex County Council is set to begin essential refurbishment work at the junction of West Worthing crossing with South Steet , Tarring in Worthing next month.

Existing traffic signals are being replaced at the junction of Tarring Road and South Street, next to the level crossing.

Maintenance work on the physical connections between the signals will be carried out, and tactile paving for the blind and partially sighted is being installed on the footway.

The programme of works starts on Tuesday 8 May and is expected to take approximately eight weeks to complete.

It will require the closure of South Street at both sides of the level crossing.

Access will be maintained for pedestrians and emergency services.

The diversion route for the closure will be via Poulters Lane, South Farm Road, Ardsheal Road, A24, Teville Road and Tarring Road.

Two-way lights will be used to keep traffic flowing along Tarring Road when required.

The project will cost approximately £90,000.

County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Pieter Montyn, said:

“This level of traffic management is essential to allow us to complete these works in a timely manner, while ensuring the safety of those people working close to the level crossing.

Tarring County Councillor Bob Smytherman added:

“West Sussex County Council must apologise to residents and local businesses for the disruption and chaos that will be caused which will test the patience and understandingof those affected.

“I would urge the Cabinet Member to put measures in place to not only minimise the disruption  during the time it takes to finish these improvements, but to ensure local businesses are compensated for any loss in trade.

“It is simply unacceptable to give local traders just two weeks warning of such major works that will impact on passing trade at an already difficult time for the local economy.”