PAUL O’BRIEN: Time to get rid of some of our traffic lights

While sat in traffic on Monday night, on my way back from Portsmouth on our jam-packed A27, I decided to play a game of count the traffic lights.

A relatively traffic-free drive all the way back from our wholesalers in Southsea was brought to an abrupt stop just outside by High Salvington.

From here all the way back to Shoreham I passed no more than 13 sets of crossing lights, all of which created a pinch point on our main arterial road.

It really does baffle me as to why we need so many when the rest of the A27 manages perfectly without so many lights, especially at the dreaded Grove Lodge roundabout and into Lancing at Hill Barn and Lyons Farm.

Why can’t these all be turned into permanent non-lighted roundabouts?

It’s the same issue along our coastal road – from Brooklands to the bowling alley there is a plethora of sets (14 I believe) with some set just 50 yards from the next. Our main routes into town are gridlocked – not just at peak times, but throughout most of the day.

Some of our wholesalers now refuse to come in more than once a week as they don’t want their drivers caught up in the “dreaded Worthing traffic.”

The A27 is a subject close to so many people’s hearts and there does seem to be no answer to its problems.

But it’s only going to get worse – the town is growing, new-builds are going up everywhere and no matter how much petrol and insurance costs rise people aren’t going to leave their cars and jump onto buses or trains.

We have been told there isn’t enough money for a bypass, only improvements to the existing system, so let’s start by removing some of these ridiculously-placed traffic lights and building footbridges, like there are in many places next to schools further along the road. Let’s also turn our seafront lights into pelican crossings.

It’s starting to affect our town’s ability to trade and improvements need to be made before Worthing becomes a no-go drive zone!


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