A BOGNOR Regis business group has welcomed a study which backs the case for an improved A29.
The town’s regeneration board said the investigation into the impact of a better road was an important step forward in understanding its funding needs and economic benefits.
David Myers, the adviser to the board, said: “This study is a welcome addition to the data that needs to be brought together to ensure there is a sound business case for the realignment of the A29 reducing congestion due to the Woodgate railway crossing.”
The alleviation of traffic queues on the main access route from Bognor to the A27 at Fontwell would help in the delivery of Arun District Council’s draft local plan strategic housing development and the Enterprise@Bognor Regis and its estimated 4,160 jobs.
As reported, the study stated a new-look A29 with its Woodgate bypass over the railway line would score highly on the government’s ratings for road schemes.
“It is pleasing to note that the study’s assessment marks the scheme five out of five for expected economic benefits and meets important objectives of the regeneration board,” said Mr Myers.
“These include reducing the 23 per cent of residents that out-commute, encouraging a growth environment for existing companies and providing conditions to encourage new investment.
“The study’s estimated boost of £177m a year to the local economy through direct and indirect job creation will be an important contribution to the local economy of Bognor.”
Government funding of £13m has been allocated, subject to a business case, through the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership towards the £36m cost.
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