Highways bosses told to make road safer

A BOGNOR Regis mother has called for more pressure to be put on highways bosses to ensure children’s safety.

Nina Phillips has been told by West Sussex County Council no action is needed to improve on Orchard Way.

As reported this month, Mrs Phillips is concerned for the safety of pupils at nearby South Bersted C of E Primary School and Laburnum Grove Junior School.

Her worries have been increased by the extra traffic along Orchard Way caused by the temporary closure of Rowan Way since mid-January for major roadworks.

Mrs Phillips, of Orchard Way, said: “We need to keep the pressure on the council to take action before an accident happens rather than just fob it off as a temporary one-off situation, which I don’t believe it is.

“They should have thought about the safety of children when they organised the road closure.”

Ben Whiffin, a county council assistant highway manager, told Mrs Phillips in an email Orchard Way had traffic calming measures and signs to make motorists aware a school is nearby.

“We, therefore, rely on motorists using this road to take note of the warning signs and drive in an appopriate manner,” he said. Diverted traffic should use the A29, A259 and North Bersted Street