Plans to make Durrington road safer may cause more accidents

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PLANS to close three central reservation gaps looks set to be scrapped after an investigation found it may cause more accidents.

Originally the plan had been to block the gaps in The Boulevard, Durrington, between the Worthing College roundabout and the Terringes Avenue roundabout in an attempt to cut the number of accidents.

However, following objections by at least 12 residents, a study was carried out which found the number of accidents in the area had dropped to no injury accidents in the last three years.

It also found by closing the gaps it would divert an estimated 1,200 vehicles around the two roundabouts every day – increasing the number of accidents.

In a report to Worthing County Local Committee (CLC), Tony Toynton, director of communities and infrastructure, said: “These two roundabouts already have a personal injury accident history and accidents involving vulnerable road users are a significant part of the statistics.

“Therefore, the gap closures may increase the potential for conflict at the roundabouts.”

The plan will be discussed at the next CLC meeting on Wednesday, October 19, at 7pm at Worthing High School, in South Farm Road.