A259 Littlehampton and Angmering improvements: New completion date revealed as works overrun

Improvement works on the A259 in Angmering and Littlehampton are set to continue until the end of the year.

Starting in mid-2020, a £25.8million project aimed to widen 2km of single-carriageway to accommodate an extra lane in both directions.

The scheme intended to bring improvements between the new Fitzalan link road in Littlehampton and the Body Shop roundabout, and between the Station Road junction in Angmering and the A280 roundabout.

The mammoth task, which involved controversially clearing large amounts of vegetation from the roadside, was scheduled for completion by the autumn of 2022.

West Sussex County Council said the A259 improvement works at Angmering and Wick are progressing well, with much of the second carriageway foundation in place, having already built most of the first carriageway. Photo: Eddie Mitchell

However, pictures – taken on the Angmering Bypass last week – show there is still a way to go.

A West Sussex County Council spokesperson said: “The A259 improvement works at Angmering and Wick are progressing well, with much of the second carriageway foundation in place, having already built most of the first carriageway.

“The A259 is a strategically important corridor for utilities, with high-pressure gas mains, trunk water mains, lots of telecoms cables and high-voltage electricity power lines.”

The council said ‘much of this apparatus was ageing’ and ‘needed to be moved and replaced’ outside of the footprint of the new road.

West Sussex County Council said the A259 improvement works at Angmering and Wick are progressing well, with much of the second carriageway foundation in place, having already built most of the first carriageway. Photo: Eddie Mitchell

"These works could only be done by the utility companies themselves, and so a large part of the job has been co-ordinating and facilitating these activities,” the council spokesperson added.

"As a result, the pace of the works has been largely dictated by the utility diversions, with the last major connection having been made at the new roundabout in Wick in mid-June.

"These works took longer than expected, which has had a knock-on effect for the forecast completion date, which has moved into early December 2022.

“With the utility works now substantially completed, we should have a clear run to complete the scheme and we would like to thank all road users for their patience while these improvement works are ongoing.”

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