A27 footbridge finally opens but has it improved safety?

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A NEW footbridge over the A27 has finally opened – though fresh safety fears have been expressed.

The bridge has been completed close to the Whyke roundabout which links Chichester to Hunston, Sidlesham and Selsey.

It was build with a view to making crossing the busy A27 bypass safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

But one nearby resident said pedestrians still had to cross busy roads to get to the bridge.

Peter Fogden, of Langdale Avenue, said: “I’ve been using the new bridge for a week but to get to it you have to cross either Whyke Road on the north side or the B2145 on the south side.

“Both are really busy, there’s constantly fast cars in both directions and they’ve removed the crossing lights. It’s ridiculous, you take your life in your own hands trying to get across.”

Mr Fogden said the bridge did not properly join up with paths on either side, making it a hazard for people crossing.

A survey found that around 80 people a day cross that stretch of the A27.

Three people were killed there in 2003 and the aim of the footbridge is to greatly improve safety.

But others have also called for the need to improve the path network around the 
area.

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