Moves to ease continued traffic jams in Midhurst

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AS congestion continues in the centre of Midhurst, ways of easing the nightmare are still being examined.

West Sussex county councillor Gordon McAra told town councillors he had spoken to county council engineers and the contractors and asked them to look at extending the weekend working.

The roadworks are scheduled for eight weeks while pedestrian crossings are replaced.

“The problem with weekend working seems to be delivering the materials to the site,” but work was already being carried out on Saturday mornings, he said.

Mr McAra said he had also suggested a temporary pedestrian crossing at Tesco should be removed for a short while to allow traffic to move faster.

“But this would be a major inconvenience for pedestrians who would have to walk down to 
the Capron House crossing.”

A further problem which exacerbated the situation, he said,was the natural block which occurred outside the Wheatsheaf pub when two lines of traffic met. “It’s down to driving behaviour”.

John Quilter asked if better traffic management could help.

“The problem is someone gets stuck and the whole place jams up.”