Delays for drivers as road shuts

MOTORISTS could face delays as a busy route through North Bersted will shut for six weeks.

Rowan Way will be shut to passing traffic from today (Monday, January 13) to enable a new roundabout to be built.

This is being constructed at the eastern end of the North Bersted section of the Bognor Regis relief road and will connect the two roads when it is completed.

It is expected to reduce congestion and make the town more accessible for businesses and residents.

The roundabout is costing some £750,000.

As previously reported in the Observer, by closing the road it is believed work on the roundabout can be completed in around half the time.

Residents and businesses along Rowan Way and in adjacent streets will still be able to reach their premises at all times during the closure.

Pedestrians will also be able to use the footways alongside the road as usual.

Developers Berkeley Homes and Charles Church, which are building 750 homes in North Bersted, are paying for the roundabout.

It is taking shape on the northern side of Rowan Way just west of its junction with Oak Grove.

Once complete, the roundabout will form part of the £4m section of the relief road which is 1.7kms long and will run between the existing roundabout on the A259 Chichester Road at its western end and Rowan Way at its eastern end.