Technology used to help pedestrians crossing and minimise traffic queues at Thakeham junction

Works on a roads improvement scheme near two schools in Thakeham are about to begin after residents and the parish council raised concerns over the difficulty pedestrians experienced crossing near the Water Lane/Thakeham Road roundabout junction, which is near both Thakeham Primary and Steyning Grammar schools in Rock Road.
West Sussex Highways has developed a scheme to replace the mini roundabout with a traffic-light controlled junction.

The lights’ sequence will include a dedicated pedestrian crossing phase, on both the northern and eastern ‘arms’. Latest software will also be used to ‘read’ traffic conditions, changing the signal timings to minimise queues.

The mini roundabout in Rock Road will remain unchanged, although there will be refurbishment of some of the existing crossing points and footways as part of the project.

The scheme, costing a total of about £310,000, is being funded through developer (section 106) contributions and Government grant funding.

Works are programmed to start on 11 November and scheduled to take 17 weeks, subject to factors such as severe weather. Temporary traffic lights will be used for the protection of both the public and workforce.

Access will be maintained for businesses, residents and schools, although road closures will be needed for one or two days towards the end of the works so road resurfacing can be completed. Diversion routes will be in place.

Picture caption: the mini roundabout at the Water Lane/Thakeham Road junction

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