Lib Dem wants priority roads investment

THE A27 and A259 roads in Adur and Worthing should be top of the queue when it comes to spending new money on solving traffic congestion, according to local Liberal Democrats.

The party’s parliamentary candidate for East Worthing and Shoreham, Jemima Bland, has written to Robert Goodwill, parliamentary under-secretary at the transport department, to welcome news that the government is to look at ways of improving the ‘A27 corridor’ through Sussex.

But she has warned Mr Goodwill that, in the past, the combination of Labour governments and a Conservative-controlled West Sussex County Council have made Worthing and Adur ‘Cinderellas’ for roads investment.

Ms Bland said that any study should also take into account the effect that traffic congestion on either the A27 or A259 has on connecting roads such as Western Road and Busticle Lane in Sompting, the A2025 South Street and Grinstead Lane in Lancing, and the A283 Old Shoreham Road in Shoreham.

“Congestion of the through-routes often has a knock-on effect, snarling up traffic in town and village centres to the frustration of local people going about their everyday business,” she said.

Ms Bland has also asked Mr Goodwill to ensure the government looks carefully at flooding problems on the A27 at Lancing and the A259 at Shoreham.