County Council sets out future of transport
A blueprint for the future of transport in West Sussex has been published by the County Council.
The Transport Plan, which covers the period 2011 to 2026, has been produced after extensive consultation with local communities and stakeholders.
The document, which was approved by the full County Council this month, sets out aims for improvements to the transport system across each district and borough.
The plan also details the County Council’s long-term strategy, looking at issues and challenges facing transport over the next 15 years.
Lionel Barnard, West Sussex County Council Deputy Leader with responsibility for Highways and Transport, said: “This is an important document which realistically sets out where we are and where we would like to be with transport in the county.
“It comes at a time when we are experiencing heavy cuts to our funding. This means we have to prioritise and adapt while at the same time working towards important improvements and developments to keep West Sussex moving.”
The plan says the County Council’s top priorities are:
• Improvements to the A27 at Chichester, Arundel and Worthing.
• Programmed improvements to the A23 between Handcross and Warninglid.
• Maintaining the condition of the county’s roads.
• Continuing to work with local communities to improve road safety, provide access to services and encourage healthy and sustainable travel.
Lionel added: “One of the main messages we received following our consultations was that transport can help to improve the economy of the county while also improving the quality of life for residents, commuters and visitors. I am confident our Transport Plan will help to achieve this.”
The plan is available to download on the County Council website at: www.westsussex.gov.uk/ltp and will be available in all West Sussex libraries or by calling 01243 642105, from early March.