Roadworks will shut busy route

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MOTORISTS have been warned a busy main road through North Bersted is to be closed for six weeks.

Rowan Way will be shut to passing traffic from 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.

The roundabout is costing some £750,000.

West Sussex County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, Cllr Piete Montyn, said: “By closing Rowan Way off from passing traffic, we can get this roundabout finished in half the time. This roundabout is part of the relief road, which will reduce traffic congestion and make Bognor more accessible for business.”

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.

Bersted parish councillor Gez Watson, who lives on the Trees Estate just off Rowan Way, said: “I agree with what the county council is doing.

“I don’t think the closure will affect people who live around here too much.

“They will just go along Berghestede Road instead and get to the estate that way.

“People on foot will still be able to get along Rowan Way.

“The roundabout has got to be built.

“It will be done quicker if the road is closed rather than having to have the hassle of coping with moving traffic while the work is going on.”

Developers Berkeley Homes and Charles Church, who 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.

The road is scheduled to be completed by next summer.

Its section close to Rowan Way will be raised above the ground to counter the risk of flooding.

It will complement the Felpham section of the relief road also being built but which is not set to open until 2015.