Two Schemes proposed for Infrasructure Plan for 2016/17

by derekdeedman on 12 March, 2013

Chanctonbury County Councillors have been asked to propose highways and transport schemes to be considered for inclusion in the 2016/17 Infrastructure Plans programme. The June meeting of the Chanctonbury County Local Committee (CLC) will consider which two schemes should prioritised for the Chanctonbury area. 

I have suggested two schemes for the Bramber Castle area. 

Firstly a scheme to provide a proper and safe crossing of the A283 in Bramber for the Downs Link. I have campaigned for a safe crossing for walkers, cyclists and equestrians over many years on this bend in the high-speed stretch of the A283. Sustrans prepared a report commissioned by the County Council some years ago on the improvements that needed to be made to the Downs Link from Guildford to Shoreham, and a safe crossing of the A283 at this point in Bramber was highlighted. More recently the West Sussex CountrysideAccess Forum have examined possible ways of providing a crossing and sustainable transport funds for routes in the South Downs National Park have also been investigated. Unfortunately no funds have yet been found which could finance a suitable scheme that officers have suggested might cost in the order of £125,000. 

The other scheme is for safety improvements at the Canons Way junction on the A283. Local residents and Steyning Parish Council have called for safety improvements at this junction for some time although the junction does not have the accident record of the Horsham Road junction for which a scheme is already in the current Infrastructure Plan. I pressed for a speed survey on the A283 near the Canons Way, which had been promised last year to be carried out in February, and this was done recently although the arrangements had never been made due to staff sickness. Hopefully the results of the survey will help in assessing the priority for an appropriate scheme.

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