Call for safety on Chichester death-crash road

A plea has gone out to improve the traffic situation in Chichester after a man died on a busy country road.

Residents have said the B2178 is getting busier and busier by the day as people look to avoid the busy A27 – increasing the risk of yet more accidents.

Calls have now gone out to make safety improvements along the B2178 Old Broyle Road after the man died and six people were injured as a result of the crash on May 22.

Chichester city councillor Richard Plowman, who represents the West ward of the city, said many problems along the road were caused by the delay to the long-awaited improvement works along the A27.

“One of our biggest problems is because the A27 improvements have been put back and put back, traffic is now using roads such as Broyle Road and roads around there as a bypass to get through to Havant and places like that,” he said.

“It’s increased the amount of traffic on the roads recently and of course there are more housing developments coming in the north like Graylingwell and the Roussillon Barracks so there will be more traffic.

“The biggest problem is that they haven’t really resolved the A27 and the consequence is there is much more traffic on the roads which aren’t designed for it, which leads to accidents and our thoughts are with the family on that.

“We do need to resolve the traffic problem in Chichester and much of that stems back to the A27.

“The B2178 is a winding road, visibility is not good and when people are queuing they get impatient and take risks.

“If we can do anything it would be to improve the road infrastructure.

“The sad thing is sometimes it has to come from a serious accident for anything to happen.”

Chris Casburn, who has lived along the B2178 since 2007, said it had always been a fast road, but that speed seemed worse during the summer months when people were in high spirits and wanted to get home quickly after leaving work.

He said that since living in the area there had been six to eight crashes on the corner of Salthill Road and on a couple of occasions he had helped people who had been involved.

“There is traffic calming when you get to Funtington, they have solar-powered signs, but there is nothing along this stretch,” he said.

Figures from West Sussex County Council state last year a total of ten adult car drivers were killed on the county’s roads, 107 seriously injured and 964 were classed as slight injuries.