A259 Bognor Regis to Littlehampton

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Introduction:



The A259 is a major road along the south coast of England connecting Havant and Chichester to the west, and Eastbourne in the east. It is a strategically important east-west route which provides an alternative and critical diversionary route for the A27, which often is heavily congested during peak times at the Chichester and Arundel bottlenecks.

The planned residential and employment developments in Arun will put further pressure on the A259, particularly along the section between Bognor Regis and Littlehampton.

Over the past 18 months, we have been developing proposals to help ease congestion on that section of road and make journeys safer and more reliable. We would now like to share those initial proposals with residents and users of the road for their feedback.

Note: Subject to funding from the Department for Transport and the outcome of this consultation, it is the intention that we take forward all the proposals described below for further design development work following the consultation. However, it is possible that some or all of the proposals may not be taken forward.


What we've done so far:



We have worked closely with key stakeholders including parish, town and district councils in developing these proposals. A total of 65 proposals were considered during a stakeholder workshop in January 2020 and they were reduced to 23 as many were deemed unsuitable for various reasons. These 23 proposals focused on improving six main junctions between the A259/B2132 Yapton Road junction (Comet Corner) in the west and the A259/A284 Wick Roundabout in the east. Please refer to the Options Assessment Report for further details on these proposals. This can be found in the documents library.

In July 2020, the key stakeholders were asked to identify a preferred option for each of the six main junctions from the 23 proposals following further development works. The preferred proposals are as follows:

  • A259/B2132 Yapton Road (Comet Corner) – convert staggered crossroads junctions to a 4-arm roundabout
  • A259/B2233 Yapton Road (Oystercatcher) – convert staggered crossroads junction to a 4-arm roundabout
  • A259/Church Lane – realign and convert to a 3-arm roundabout
  • A259/Ferry Road – convert staggered crossroads junction to a 4-arm roundabout
  • A259/Bridge Road (Tesco) – addition of a filter lane
  • A259/A284 (Wick) – removal of one arm to form a 4-arm roundabout

We have also developed further proposals for the following locations:

  • Public Rights of Way east of Comet Corner junction (PROW - Footpaths 166 and 165)
  • A259/Bairds Business Park junction
  • Clympwick Bridge and its approaches


Overview map:


Image of the Enhancement Locations on the A259 Bognor Regis to Littlehampton Corridor


The proposed scheme:



1 - Comet Corner Junction

To address road safety concerns, reduce delays from side roads and provide better and easier access for pedestrians, cyclists (upgrading of the existing National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 2), bus and car users, we propose to replace the existing staggered crossroads junctions with a four-arm roundabout and bus-only lanes. As a result, the following changes would need to be made:

  • Realignment of B2132 Yapton Road (both north and south arms)
  • Realignment of a section of existing shared use footway/cycleway
  • Worms Lane would no longer be in use
  • Relocation of existing access to private properties, farm and bus stop on Yapton Road south (access will be maintained)
  • Creation of a segregated bus lane on the A259 to improve journey times for buses
  • Creation of a bus lane on the B2132 (north arm) approach to the roundabout, with a traffic signal to provide buses prioritised access to the roundabout
  • To accommodate the bus lane to the north-west of the junction, the existing shared use footway/cycleway is proposed to be diverted slightly further north with a new crossing over the B2132 Yapton Road

Initial traffic assessments concluded that there will be an improvement to journey times for side road users but a slight increase for the A259 traffic. More detailed modelling work is currently underway.

Comet Corner Map


2 - Public Rights of Way (Footpaths 166 and 165)

We propose to install a traffic island (pedestrian refuge) on the A259 to enable a safer crossing of the A259 between the two existing Public Rights of Ways (Footpaths 166 and 165). In addition, we would also review the existing speed limit to see if it can be revised to help create a more pleasant environment for walkers.

Public Rights of Way (Footpaths 166 and 165) Map


3 - Bairds Business Park Junction

To improve access, we propose to provide a new left-turn lane from the A259 (from Littlehampton direction) into Bairds Business Park. In addition, we would also review to see if there is the potential to extend the existing 40mph speed limit to the west side of the junction, to help create a safer environment for road users.

Bairds Business Park Junction Map


4 - Oystercatcher Junction

To address road safety concerns, reduce delays from side roads and provide better and easier access for pedestrians, cyclists (upgrading of the existing National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 2), bus and car users, we propose to replace the existing staggered crossroads junctions with a four-arm roundabout and bus-only lanes. The proposal would also provide easier access and protection for pedestrians and cyclists. As a result, the following changes would need to be made:

  • Realignment of B2233 Yapton Road
  • Realignment of a section of existing shared use footway/cycleway
  • Relocation of existing bus stop

New uncontrolled crossing points (drop kerbs/tactile paving, and pedestrian islands) for pedestrians and cyclists would be constructed around the proposed roundabout.

There would be a bus-only lane on the A259 westbound approach to the proposed roundabout, with a traffic signal to provide buses prioritised access to the roundabout.

There would also be a bus lane from the north on the B2233 Yapton Road, enabling buses to bypass the proposed roundabout when travelling eastbound on the A259.

The current access arrangement for the Oystercatcher Inn and Jaybelle Grange Lodge Park would be retained but the access arrangement for Maidenhead Aquatics may be subject to revision.

Initial traffic assessments concluded that there will be an improvement to journey times for side road users but a slight increase for the A259 traffic. More detailed modelling work is currently underway.

Oystercatcher Map


5 - Church Lane Roundabout

To address road safety concerns, reduce delays from side roads and provide better and easier access for pedestrians, cyclists (upgrading of the existing National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 2), bus and car users, we propose to replace the existing four-arm roundabout with a three-arm roundabout and bus-only lanes. The new roundabout would be located slightly west on the A259. As a result, the following changes would need to be made:

  • Realignment of Church Lane
  • Closure of Crookthorn Lane and convert into a shared use footpath/cycle path
  • Realignment of a section of existing shared use footway/cycleway

The proposal has a segregated bus lane on the A259 westbound approach, which would allow buses to bypass the roundabout, providing an improved journey time for buses.

The proposal also has a bus-only lane on the A259 eastbound approach to the roundabout, with a traffic signal to provide prioritised access to the roundabout.

The proposed access arrangement for the new Climping residential development via Church Lane would be retained.

Initial traffic assessments concluded that there will be an improvement to journey times for side road users but a slight increase for the A259 traffic. More detailed modelling work is currently underway.

Church Lane Roundabout Map


6 - Ferry Road Junction

To address road safety concerns, reduce delays from side roads and provide better and easier access for pedestrians, cyclists (upgrading of the existing National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 2) and car users, we propose to replace the existing staggered crossroads junction with a four-arm roundabout and bus-only lanes. As a result, the following changes would need to be made:

  • Realignment of Brookpit Lane
  • Realignment of a section of existing shared use footway/cycleway
  • Provision of new toucan crossings.

As part of the proposal, new signal-controlled toucan crossings would be introduced to improve the ease of access to the improved shared-use footway/cycleway (NCN 2).

Initial traffic assessments concluded that there will be an improvement to journey times for side road users but a slight increase for the A259 traffic. More detailed modelling work is currently underway.

Ferry Road Junction Map


7 - Public Rights of Way (Footpath 206)

We propose to provide a shared use footway/cycleway ramp to enable a better connection between the existing Public Rights of Way (Footpath 206) and NCN2 shared use footway/cycleway on the south-west side of River Arun.

Public Rights of Way (Footpath 206) Map


8 - Clympwick Bridge

We propose to incorporate a cycle facility across Clympwick Bridge to enable better pedestrian and cycle connection between the north and south sides of River Arun if it is possible to do so.

Clympwick Bridge Map


9 - Bridge Road (Tesco) Roundabout

To improve road safety, reduce delays and provide better and easier access for pedestrians, cyclists and car users, we propose to provide a left turn filter lane from the B2187 to the A259. In addition, a new shared use footway/cycleway and crossings along the A259 and Broad Piece would also be provided. As a result we would need to modify the existing vehicle restraint barriers.

Initial traffic assessments concluded that there will be an improvement to journey times for side road users but a slight increase for the A259 traffic. More detailed modelling work is currently underway.

Bridge Road (Tesco) Roundabout Map


10 - Wick (Morrisons) Roundabout

To improve road safety and reduce delays, we propose to close off the Hawthorn Road arm of this five-arm roundabout and replace it with a new access to/from the A284 Lyminster Road. A new junction with A284 Lyminster Road/Northway Way/Hawthorn Road would also be created as a result.

Where possible, the existing signal crossings would be considered for upgrading to ‘Toucan’ crossings to accommodate cyclists.

Initial traffic assessments concluded that there will be an improvement to journey times for side road users but a slight increase for the A259 traffic. More detailed modelling work is currently underway.

Wick (Morrisons) Roundabout Map


Traffic modelling:



Initial traffic assessments concluded that upgrades to the key junctions would reduce congestion, reduce transport emissions, and reduce journey times at the busiest periods of the day by around 1 minute. This is especially of benefit to those accessing the A259 from the roads and villages to the north and south of the A259 corridor, who currently - at peak times especially - experience queuing.

However, for A259 through-movements, outside of the busiest periods, journey times are likely to increase by around 1 minute 30 seconds (along the length of the A259 corridor numbered 1-10 on the Overview Map) as drivers slow down to navigate the proposed roundabouts.

Overall, the possible benefits to the settlements and businesses to the north and south of the A259 corridor from the proposals would outweigh the forecast small journey time increase that would be experienced by road-users along the A259 corridor.



Have your say:



We want to hear your views on these proposals before developing them further. You can do this by completing the questionnaire at the bottom of this page - the closing date for responses is Sunday 15 August 2021 at 23.59.



Next steps:



All responses, views and suggestions on the proposals will be considered and taken into account. A key step is awaiting to hear if the funding bid to the Department for Transport (DfT) will be approved. We are anticipating the decision to be taken later this year.


Indicative timetable going forward:



Subject to funding from the DfT and the outcome of this consultation, below is our indicative timetable going forward:

  • Revision to proposals before outline design development – autumn/winter 2021
  • Further consultation - summer/autumn 2022
  • Outline design development and submission of outline business case to the DfT – winter 2022
  • Full design development and submission of full business case to the DfT- winter 2024
  • Start of construction – summer 2025

It is possible that some or all of the proposals may or may not be taken forward following the consultation.


Alternative formats:



If you require any of the information for this project in an alternative format, please contact us on 01243 642105 or via email at A259b2l@wsp.com (Please note that it is an 'L' before the @) and we will do our best to assist you. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have an NGT texting app installed on your computer, laptop or smartphone, you can contact us on 18001 01243 642105.


Accessibility statement:



We are committed to making this website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. Please view the West Sussex County Council Accessibility Statement for further details. Information about the accessibility of the Your Voice Engagement Hub can be found by clicking on the Accessibility tab at the bottom of the page.

Where it exists, we will provide details of any non-accessible project content which is not full accessible under a heading of Non-accessible content below.

Non accessible content:

  • Proposals Maps
  • Technical Drawings
  • Options Assessment Report

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website, If you find any problems not listed on this page or you think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, then please contact us on 03302222 146 or at haveyoursay@westsussex.gov.ukExternal link).


Introduction:



The A259 is a major road along the south coast of England connecting Havant and Chichester to the west, and Eastbourne in the east. It is a strategically important east-west route which provides an alternative and critical diversionary route for the A27, which often is heavily congested during peak times at the Chichester and Arundel bottlenecks.

The planned residential and employment developments in Arun will put further pressure on the A259, particularly along the section between Bognor Regis and Littlehampton.

Over the past 18 months, we have been developing proposals to help ease congestion on that section of road and make journeys safer and more reliable. We would now like to share those initial proposals with residents and users of the road for their feedback.

Note: Subject to funding from the Department for Transport and the outcome of this consultation, it is the intention that we take forward all the proposals described below for further design development work following the consultation. However, it is possible that some or all of the proposals may not be taken forward.


What we've done so far:



We have worked closely with key stakeholders including parish, town and district councils in developing these proposals. A total of 65 proposals were considered during a stakeholder workshop in January 2020 and they were reduced to 23 as many were deemed unsuitable for various reasons. These 23 proposals focused on improving six main junctions between the A259/B2132 Yapton Road junction (Comet Corner) in the west and the A259/A284 Wick Roundabout in the east. Please refer to the Options Assessment Report for further details on these proposals. This can be found in the documents library.

In July 2020, the key stakeholders were asked to identify a preferred option for each of the six main junctions from the 23 proposals following further development works. The preferred proposals are as follows:

  • A259/B2132 Yapton Road (Comet Corner) – convert staggered crossroads junctions to a 4-arm roundabout
  • A259/B2233 Yapton Road (Oystercatcher) – convert staggered crossroads junction to a 4-arm roundabout
  • A259/Church Lane – realign and convert to a 3-arm roundabout
  • A259/Ferry Road – convert staggered crossroads junction to a 4-arm roundabout
  • A259/Bridge Road (Tesco) – addition of a filter lane
  • A259/A284 (Wick) – removal of one arm to form a 4-arm roundabout

We have also developed further proposals for the following locations:

  • Public Rights of Way east of Comet Corner junction (PROW - Footpaths 166 and 165)
  • A259/Bairds Business Park junction
  • Clympwick Bridge and its approaches


Overview map:


Image of the Enhancement Locations on the A259 Bognor Regis to Littlehampton Corridor


The proposed scheme:



1 - Comet Corner Junction

To address road safety concerns, reduce delays from side roads and provide better and easier access for pedestrians, cyclists (upgrading of the existing National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 2), bus and car users, we propose to replace the existing staggered crossroads junctions with a four-arm roundabout and bus-only lanes. As a result, the following changes would need to be made:

  • Realignment of B2132 Yapton Road (both north and south arms)
  • Realignment of a section of existing shared use footway/cycleway
  • Worms Lane would no longer be in use
  • Relocation of existing access to private properties, farm and bus stop on Yapton Road south (access will be maintained)
  • Creation of a segregated bus lane on the A259 to improve journey times for buses
  • Creation of a bus lane on the B2132 (north arm) approach to the roundabout, with a traffic signal to provide buses prioritised access to the roundabout
  • To accommodate the bus lane to the north-west of the junction, the existing shared use footway/cycleway is proposed to be diverted slightly further north with a new crossing over the B2132 Yapton Road

Initial traffic assessments concluded that there will be an improvement to journey times for side road users but a slight increase for the A259 traffic. More detailed modelling work is currently underway.

Comet Corner Map


2 - Public Rights of Way (Footpaths 166 and 165)

We propose to install a traffic island (pedestrian refuge) on the A259 to enable a safer crossing of the A259 between the two existing Public Rights of Ways (Footpaths 166 and 165). In addition, we would also review the existing speed limit to see if it can be revised to help create a more pleasant environment for walkers.

Public Rights of Way (Footpaths 166 and 165) Map


3 - Bairds Business Park Junction

To improve access, we propose to provide a new left-turn lane from the A259 (from Littlehampton direction) into Bairds Business Park. In addition, we would also review to see if there is the potential to extend the existing 40mph speed limit to the west side of the junction, to help create a safer environment for road users.

Bairds Business Park Junction Map


4 - Oystercatcher Junction

To address road safety concerns, reduce delays from side roads and provide better and easier access for pedestrians, cyclists (upgrading of the existing National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 2), bus and car users, we propose to replace the existing staggered crossroads junctions with a four-arm roundabout and bus-only lanes. The proposal would also provide easier access and protection for pedestrians and cyclists. As a result, the following changes would need to be made:

  • Realignment of B2233 Yapton Road
  • Realignment of a section of existing shared use footway/cycleway
  • Relocation of existing bus stop

New uncontrolled crossing points (drop kerbs/tactile paving, and pedestrian islands) for pedestrians and cyclists would be constructed around the proposed roundabout.

There would be a bus-only lane on the A259 westbound approach to the proposed roundabout, with a traffic signal to provide buses prioritised access to the roundabout.

There would also be a bus lane from the north on the B2233 Yapton Road, enabling buses to bypass the proposed roundabout when travelling eastbound on the A259.

The current access arrangement for the Oystercatcher Inn and Jaybelle Grange Lodge Park would be retained but the access arrangement for Maidenhead Aquatics may be subject to revision.

Initial traffic assessments concluded that there will be an improvement to journey times for side road users but a slight increase for the A259 traffic. More detailed modelling work is currently underway.

Oystercatcher Map


5 - Church Lane Roundabout

To address road safety concerns, reduce delays from side roads and provide better and easier access for pedestrians, cyclists (upgrading of the existing National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 2), bus and car users, we propose to replace the existing four-arm roundabout with a three-arm roundabout and bus-only lanes. The new roundabout would be located slightly west on the A259. As a result, the following changes would need to be made:

  • Realignment of Church Lane
  • Closure of Crookthorn Lane and convert into a shared use footpath/cycle path
  • Realignment of a section of existing shared use footway/cycleway

The proposal has a segregated bus lane on the A259 westbound approach, which would allow buses to bypass the roundabout, providing an improved journey time for buses.

The proposal also has a bus-only lane on the A259 eastbound approach to the roundabout, with a traffic signal to provide prioritised access to the roundabout.

The proposed access arrangement for the new Climping residential development via Church Lane would be retained.

Initial traffic assessments concluded that there will be an improvement to journey times for side road users but a slight increase for the A259 traffic. More detailed modelling work is currently underway.

Church Lane Roundabout Map


6 - Ferry Road Junction

To address road safety concerns, reduce delays from side roads and provide better and easier access for pedestrians, cyclists (upgrading of the existing National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 2) and car users, we propose to replace the existing staggered crossroads junction with a four-arm roundabout and bus-only lanes. As a result, the following changes would need to be made:

  • Realignment of Brookpit Lane
  • Realignment of a section of existing shared use footway/cycleway
  • Provision of new toucan crossings.

As part of the proposal, new signal-controlled toucan crossings would be introduced to improve the ease of access to the improved shared-use footway/cycleway (NCN 2).

Initial traffic assessments concluded that there will be an improvement to journey times for side road users but a slight increase for the A259 traffic. More detailed modelling work is currently underway.

Ferry Road Junction Map


7 - Public Rights of Way (Footpath 206)

We propose to provide a shared use footway/cycleway ramp to enable a better connection between the existing Public Rights of Way (Footpath 206) and NCN2 shared use footway/cycleway on the south-west side of River Arun.

Public Rights of Way (Footpath 206) Map


8 - Clympwick Bridge

We propose to incorporate a cycle facility across Clympwick Bridge to enable better pedestrian and cycle connection between the north and south sides of River Arun if it is possible to do so.

Clympwick Bridge Map


9 - Bridge Road (Tesco) Roundabout

To improve road safety, reduce delays and provide better and easier access for pedestrians, cyclists and car users, we propose to provide a left turn filter lane from the B2187 to the A259. In addition, a new shared use footway/cycleway and crossings along the A259 and Broad Piece would also be provided. As a result we would need to modify the existing vehicle restraint barriers.

Initial traffic assessments concluded that there will be an improvement to journey times for side road users but a slight increase for the A259 traffic. More detailed modelling work is currently underway.

Bridge Road (Tesco) Roundabout Map


10 - Wick (Morrisons) Roundabout

To improve road safety and reduce delays, we propose to close off the Hawthorn Road arm of this five-arm roundabout and replace it with a new access to/from the A284 Lyminster Road. A new junction with A284 Lyminster Road/Northway Way/Hawthorn Road would also be created as a result.

Where possible, the existing signal crossings would be considered for upgrading to ‘Toucan’ crossings to accommodate cyclists.

Initial traffic assessments concluded that there will be an improvement to journey times for side road users but a slight increase for the A259 traffic. More detailed modelling work is currently underway.

Wick (Morrisons) Roundabout Map


Traffic modelling:



Initial traffic assessments concluded that upgrades to the key junctions would reduce congestion, reduce transport emissions, and reduce journey times at the busiest periods of the day by around 1 minute. This is especially of benefit to those accessing the A259 from the roads and villages to the north and south of the A259 corridor, who currently - at peak times especially - experience queuing.

However, for A259 through-movements, outside of the busiest periods, journey times are likely to increase by around 1 minute 30 seconds (along the length of the A259 corridor numbered 1-10 on the Overview Map) as drivers slow down to navigate the proposed roundabouts.

Overall, the possible benefits to the settlements and businesses to the north and south of the A259 corridor from the proposals would outweigh the forecast small journey time increase that would be experienced by road-users along the A259 corridor.



Have your say:



We want to hear your views on these proposals before developing them further. You can do this by completing the questionnaire at the bottom of this page - the closing date for responses is Sunday 15 August 2021 at 23.59.



Next steps:



All responses, views and suggestions on the proposals will be considered and taken into account. A key step is awaiting to hear if the funding bid to the Department for Transport (DfT) will be approved. We are anticipating the decision to be taken later this year.


Indicative timetable going forward:



Subject to funding from the DfT and the outcome of this consultation, below is our indicative timetable going forward:

  • Revision to proposals before outline design development – autumn/winter 2021
  • Further consultation - summer/autumn 2022
  • Outline design development and submission of outline business case to the DfT – winter 2022
  • Full design development and submission of full business case to the DfT- winter 2024
  • Start of construction – summer 2025

It is possible that some or all of the proposals may or may not be taken forward following the consultation.


Alternative formats:



If you require any of the information for this project in an alternative format, please contact us on 01243 642105 or via email at A259b2l@wsp.com (Please note that it is an 'L' before the @) and we will do our best to assist you. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have an NGT texting app installed on your computer, laptop or smartphone, you can contact us on 18001 01243 642105.


Accessibility statement:



We are committed to making this website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. Please view the West Sussex County Council Accessibility Statement for further details. Information about the accessibility of the Your Voice Engagement Hub can be found by clicking on the Accessibility tab at the bottom of the page.

Where it exists, we will provide details of any non-accessible project content which is not full accessible under a heading of Non-accessible content below.

Non accessible content:

  • Proposals Maps
  • Technical Drawings
  • Options Assessment Report

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website, If you find any problems not listed on this page or you think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, then please contact us on 03302222 146 or at haveyoursay@westsussex.gov.ukExternal link).


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