New bridge announced near busy roundabout

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A NEW footbridge aims to make it safer for pedestrians to cross the A27.

People have long talked of the need for a pedestrian footbridge near the Whyke roundabout, Chichester, and now it looks like their wish could be coming true.

The Highways Agency has revealed plans for the bridge ahead of a public exhibition next Tuesday between 3pm and 7pm at the Guide Hall, 29 Whyke Lane.

Peter Phillips, asset manager for the agency, said: ‘Safety is a top priority for the Highways Agency and by installing this footbridge we will be providing pedestrians with a safe way to cross the busy A27.’

Mark Chapman, who lives near Chichester, frequently has to cross the A27 on his bike at the roundabout.

He said: ‘This road, the A27 at Whyke Road, is a very dangerous place.

‘There have been a few near misses, including for me. I’ve been cycling this road 20 or 30 years and I’ve never known the traffic so bad and you only have to look at the traffic to see how difficult it is to cross.’