Clymping gets £25k anti ‘rat run’ project

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A road in Clymping is to be the subject of a project worth £25k as West Sussex highways launches a bid to ‘deter motorists from using it as a rat run’.

In a statement, highways confirmed the project will see the speed limit in Horsemere Green Lane reduced from 40mph to 30mph.

In addition, four one-way traffic islands will be constructed at different locations so vehicles must give way to oncoming traffic.

Accompanying signs will be installed to show which direction has priority, a spokesman said.

Work is due to start on Monday.

It will result in Horsemere Green Lane being closed for ‘up to five weeks’.

Bob Lanzer, West Sussex County Council’s cabinet member for infrastructure and highways, said: “These changes have come about after consulting with the local community in Clymping.

“Reducing the speed limit and introducing the traffic islands will slow traffic and make it less appealing for motorists to use Horsemere Green Lane as a short cut.”

Clymping Parish Council chairman Colin Humphris is among those who have welcomed the project.

He said: “It is good to see this project come to fruition as residents have been concerned for many years for the safety of both motorists and pedestrians.”

Mr Humphris added: “It’s a good use of the developers’ contributions from the developments along Horsemere Green Lane dating back to the late 1990s.”

David Miranda, chairman of the Clymping Field Protection Group, said: “I know many residents are delighted it is being put in after such a long wait.

“I think it is a good idea, cars have been driving far too quickly down the lane but I am not sure how it will look visually.”

Mr Miranda also expressed his hope it will be the start of more changes for the lane.

“I believe Arun should do something to repair the edges of the road, which are unsafe for cyclists and walkers – and it is a cycle route.”

Highways said a signed diversion will be in place via Yapton Road, the A259 and Church Lane during the work.

It confirmed residents living in Horsemere Green Lane will still be able to access their homes for the duration of the works.

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