Residents’ group gets set to tackle B1278 danger

Overturned car in East Ashling'CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
Overturned car in East Ashling'CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
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“UNACCEPTABLE dangers” have been highlighted on a problem stretch of road near Chichester.

A newly-formed residents’ association in East Ashling has said it will look to tackle safety issues on the B2178, which passes through the village.

Last month there was traffic chaos in the area after two crashes between 8am and 9am on November 8 led to lengthy hold-ups for people on their way to work.

Members of the association, as well as the East Ashling Traffic Action Group (ETAG) said changes need to be made.

“It’s all about the A27,” said Mike Parker, secretary of the group. “If the A27 wasn’t such a problem with the tailbacks at the Tesco roundabout we would not have the problems we have.

“The B2178 is 60mph from the bridge just as you leave Chichester all the way to East Ashling and then 60mph all the way to Funtington.

“There are 50 houses in East Ashling, with most along the side of the road, and it’s a long stretch.”

In the mornings, traffic volume on the road is high as a number of drivers choose the route over the congested A27, and the A259 which has long 30mph stretches.

This has been backed up by a recent survey which recorded traffic volume during a seven-day period. On average 7,792 vehicles used the road every day.

“One specific area of immediate concern to the residents is the dangerous volume and speed of traffic passing through the village on the B2178,” said new chairman of the East Ashling Residents’ Association Michael O’Connell.

“The unacceptable dangers of this situation were recently demonstrated when a speeding car overturned.”

The new association aims to promote and improve the condition and community spirit of the village and has made targeting the road one of its priorities.