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Transport vision for West Sussex
Speed limit sign
Speed limits are an issue in rural parts of West Sussex
Residents and businesses in West Sussex are being asked to comment on local blueprints for the 10-year future of transport across the county.

Improvements within specific areas are being suggested as part of a provisional countywide plan which is due to become reality in April 2006.

The strategy has been nearly three years in the making.

The areas covered are Adur, Arun, Chichester, Crawley, Downland, Horsham, Mid Sussex and Worthing.

Comments from each of the local areas will feed into the council's Provisional West Sussex Transport Plan.

A spokesman said the cabinet member for highways and transport, Lieutenant Colonel Tex Pemberton, was due to release a full plan in March 2006.

"The main aim is to bring about improvements as quickly as possible by focusing our efforts on a small number of key local issues," said Mr Pemberton.

The county council formed local committees to identify transport priorities in each area until 2016.


Rail tracks
Several of the county's rail stations are earmarked for improvement

Adur

The Area Transport Plan includes improvements to the A27 and better access to Shoreham harbour.

Another aim is "to make substantial progress towards completing the cycle network for Shoreham and Southwick".


Arun

Congestion on and around the A259 would be the focus for transport studies.

The possibility of improvements to traffic lights at major junctions in Bognor Regis could be explored.


Chichester

The area plan looks at possible improvements to the A27 bypass and the building of a combined bus and rail interchange on the current site of the town's train station.

Traffic and congestion issues in nearby Midhurst, Petworth and Selsey would be investigated.


Crawley

The main aims involve building on the success of the Fastway bus network and resolving parking issues at Three Bridges train station.

Another idea is to consult local groups on filling gaps in Crawley's walking and cycling networks.


Traffic
Several bypasses are recommended along the main A27 route

Downland

The priority is to "continue to lobby government for an A27 Arundel bypass".

Cyclist and pedestrian crossings on the A27, A24, A259 and A280 main roads would also be looked at.


Horsham

The local plan seeks to develop and improve the bus link between Southwater and Horsham, via the Hop Oast park and ride site.

The town's cycle network would be expanded, possibly incorporating longer-distance routes across the district.


Mid Sussex

Future housing developments in East Grinstead and Burgess Hill would have to be supported by a suitable transport network, says the local plan.

Improvements are intended for train stations at Haywards Heath, Wivelsfield, Burgess Hill, Hassocks and East Grinstead.


Worthing

The aims would include lobbying for an A27 bypass for Worthing.

An access road into East Worthing would be considered in order to "relieve residential streets of commercial traffic".


Across the whole of the county, more schools and businesses would be encouraged to develop travel plans that reduce the number of car journeys.

Work would be done with district councils to set up car clubs and shared taxi schemes in many areas.

Another main overall aim is to clamp down on "illegal, dangerous and obstructive parking".


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