As the proposed Shopwhyke Lakes development is for 500 houses, surely this would increase the traffic problems on the A27 to the tune of 500+ vehicles, not provide an improvement as the developers are claiming.
The fairly recent modification to the Oving crossroads, when new traffic lights with a different sequence were installed, has made the turn across the A27 safe so there is no justification in closing the junction to through, local traffic.
A compulsory left turn would mean local traffic having to join the queue of traffic on the by-pass, thus exacerbating the problem.
If the supposed ‘payback’ feature of the development is that the traffic flow will be improved, then the planners/ Highways Agency/ district council should push for the developers to fund the cost of a flyover at the Bognor Road roundabout as this is the cause of long queues, not the crossroads.
A flyover, together with the Oving crossroads remaining open, will allow local traffic easy access into and out of Chichester.