Access is essential

I write regarding your article (Observer, January 24) regarding more work on the A27 around Chichester.

Why is work commencing in April at the Oving traffic lights, when there is a planning application for Shopwyke Lakes which plans to CLOSE the lights and shut the junction down?

When the junction was vastly improved a couple of years ago, the lights were out of action for 16 weeks.

We had to go via Tangmere or to the Bognor roundabout to cross the A27.

Yet again this will happen, which, although tiresome, is fine if the lights remain after the upgrade.

But if Shopwyke Lakes gets the go ahead and the lights are gone, what was it all for?

Millions of pounds will have been spent for nothing.

As an Oving resident, I am appalled at the piecemeal way that work is carried out on our roads.

Access is essential for those of us living east of the bypass and the traffic lights are a lifeline to St Richard’s in particular and Chichester in general.

Maggie Russell