Felpham relief road officially opens

A VIP convoy of cars marked the official opening of the new Bognor Regis to Felpham relief road '“ a 3km road which includes the largest viaduct in the county.

Friday, 4th March 2016, 4:53 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 6:31 pm
Opening of Felpham relief road by Barratt Homes and WSCC 04-03-16. Pic Steve Robards SR1607550 SUS-160403-155612001

Almost £30 million has been spent on the new road, which is expected to save commuters up to an hour every day.

It was funded by Barratt Homes and built in partnership with West Sussex County Council.

It follows the opening of the nearby North Bersted relief road in June last year, and after the Felpham relief road’s completion was pushed back a number of times, on Friday, March 4 it was finally opened.

WSCC leader Louise Goldsmith helping to officially open the new road today

Barratt Homes managing director Tim Hill said he was delighted to be celebrating the opening with so many people who have been involved in the construction process.

“This superb road is only part of our legacy for the area,” he told guests.

“Over and above our development, we provided the land for a local school, community facilities, sports pitches, upgrades to the A27 at Chichester and we were also responsible for connecting the drainage for the local Rolls-Royce Motor Company factory.”

The new road will help support the extra traffic from the 800 new homes at Blakes Mead in Felpham, as well as improving infrastructure, reducing travel time and driving economic growth to the area. The project itself supported around 50 jobs.

The road features the biggest viaduct in the county

West Sussex County Council’s Leader, Louise Goldsmith said: “I am so pleased to see the completion of this road and welcome the investment and commitment by Barratt Homes in making this happen.

“It will be a major improvement for the residents and businesses of Bognor Regis and beyond.

“This road will be a real boost to businesses by providing faster and more reliable journey times – giving them just what they have been asking for to help productivity.”

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