Traffic plan is unveiled for Rogate

ROGATE villagers are being asked for their comments on an innovative scheme designed to slow the speed of traffic along the busy A272 through the village.

The ‘shared space’ scheme is already widely used in Europe to reduce speed where major roads impact on community life.

Rogate villagers have been fighting for safety measures for more than a decade, to help them cross the A272 which divides the village.

They ruled out plans for a £50,000 pedestrian crossing at the junction of the road with Habin Hill beside the church. But they were still concerned about the dangers of crossing the road to get to the primary school, the church, bus stops and the village shop.

Then West Sussex County Council put £10,000 of these allocated funds into an investigation into the feasibility of ‘spared space’.

The idea is to make drivers much more cautious by taking away normal street furniture such as signs, zig-zags and other road markings.

The proposals were on display at the recent village fete and flower show and are currently displayed in the village shop.

In the latest Rogate News, chairman of the traffic working party Fiona Dix said there had been a very positive feedback and urged more villagers to look at the plans and give their views on the proposals.