A £26 million funding package has been secured for a major improvement scheme for the A259 between Littlehampton and Angmering.
The project comprises dualling the existing 2km single carriageway of the A259 between Littlehampton and Angmering as well as providing new cycling and pedestrian facilities.
The funding has been secured from a number of areas including West Sussex County Council’s Major Projects programme, developer ‘S106’ contributions, highway maintenance budgets and a Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership grant.
Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure Roger Elkins said: “This scheme is essential to help reduce congestion and cut journey times and pollution levels. By providing new facilities for pedestrians and cyclists we will also be helping to promote sustainable transport.
“This scheme really is important to help meet the needs for transport in the future, so I’m delighted that we have the total funds required to bring it to fruition.”
Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital said: “Our £7.5 million LGF contribution towards the A259 scheme will ease congestion and improve journey times along the South Coast. The improvements will support economic growth and allow the building of new infrastructure that will result in new homes, employment space and jobs. We are delighted to see progress with the scheme and look forward to future developments.”
The scheme has been predicted to generate economic benefits worth £126 million to the area over the next 60 years and so represents ‘very high value for money’ against Department for Transport guidance.
The Cabinet Member decision taken for the funding and the award of the Phase 2 contract (the construction phase) is subject to the council’s usual call-in period.
More details on the A259 scheme can be found under the Road Projects section on the county council’s website: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/roadworks-and-projects/road-projects/a259-littlehampton-improvements/