‘No easy fix’ for Midhurst traffic nightmare

Traffic building up in the centre of Midhurst today
Traffic building up in the centre of Midhurst today
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Two vehicle break downs in the centre of Midhurst have highlighted a growing traffic nightmare in the town.

An excavator broke down on Rumbolds Hill on Thursday (May 5) causing traffic queues as far back as Gillhams Garage in Easebourne and today (Monday, May 9) a lorry broke down at the top of North Street leaving frustrated motorists gridlocked.

The increasing problems have already brought calls for action from Easebourne’s parish councillors and district councillor Francis Hobbs.

And Steve Morley, one of Midhurst’s Chichester district councillors has suggested the worsening situation could see plans for a town bypass being revisited.

“Maybe the bypass word should come back into discussion,” he said, “looking to the future it’s something we are going to have to think about.

People driving through the town and town traders must be getting so frustrated.

“There are people sitting in the traffic in their cars thinking ‘get me out of here’ who might have otherwise thought about stopping and wandering around the town.”

But at the annual town meeting town council chairman Mark Purves warned traffic management in Midhurst was a big problem and there was no easy solution.

“This is certainly not going to be fixed overnight,” he told the meeting, “we need to make sure we take appropriate action and don’t move the problem somewhere else, “it’s about off street and on street parking, pedestrians and vehicles and we hope to start looking at it this year with district and county councillors and neighbouring parishes.”

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