PAUL O’BRIEN: Updated trunk roads could bring new business to the area

Paul O'Brien
Paul O'Brien

Hands up who got stuck in the census over the past couple of weeks?

Just a few of us then.

In what was quite possibly the most ridiculous bit of information gathering you could imagine, many Worthinger’s spent hours trying to get from A to B along our main A27 route.

The A27 is, at the best of times, an incredibly hard road to use with all its pinch points, roundabouts and single lane breakdowns.

However, add to that people in yellow jackets asking you questions about your journey, and you have the recipe for some very angry drivers indeed.

Last week one of my trips to a wholesaler in Brighton took over an hour longer than normal due to this incredibly badly thought-out way of finding out about our travel plans.

Yes, we need a newer, updated, easier to use roadway to get us out of Worthing and link us to other parts of the country.

This has been known for years and it does seem that the Government are finally looking to pump some money in our direction.

We also understand that, for this, you need to find out about how and when people use the road, but surely there was a better way of doing this than by stopping vehicles?

Why wasn’t this aimed at people pulling off at petrol stations or done online?

Why couldn’t we simply have a postal form to fill in?

An update to our key road could be huge for Worthing, and it could open up the area to new business, shoppers and suppliers, resulting in millions of pounds more invested into the local community.

It could also massively increase tourism for the South Coast.

Just look at what the new main road areas have done for Cornwall – knocking hours off journey times means more and more of us are spending a long weekend down in the West Country, lavishing on pasties and scrumpy.

We could look at attempting to take some of that tourism for ourselves – filling our hotels, eateries and town centres with families keen to explore sunny Sussex and all it has to offer.

Let’s just hope we’ve seen the last of the census takers and we start to see works on our main road begin as soon as possible.

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