Residents set for second phase of cable roadworks

David Barling, right, at the Maudlin Lane roadworks with district councillor Jim Goddard, who lives in Bramber
David Barling, right, at the Maudlin Lane roadworks with district councillor Jim Goddard, who lives in Bramber
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RESIDENTS are breathing a sigh of relief as one lot of Steyning roadworks approaches the end.

But there is more to come as the UK Power Networks project continues in the town.

Roadworks in Bramber which have left people in the village marooned are due to finish tomorrow.

David Barling, West Sussex county councillor for Bramber Castle, said: “I am absolutely delighted that UK Power Networks have gone flat out to finish the works at the Clays Hill end of Maudlin Lane and are intending to re-open this junction late today.

“This has frustrated local residents and through traffic alike for some weeks now, so getting it open much earlier than the eight weeks originally forecast is a real success.”

The next phase of the work will be at the other end of Maudlin Lane, outside Kingsmead Lodge, where a small section of the road will be closed between Sopers Lane and Annington Road.

“This will be the last joint bay in Steyning/Bramber to be worked on,” confirmed Mr Barling.

“It is fair to say that they have been very helpful and always responded positively to my representations on behalf of local residents.”

But Bramber resident Mike Croker was concerned of the effect of the next phase on Maudlin Lane traffic.

He said: “This means that all the farm and commercial traffic will still be using the narrow bit of Maudlin Lane to the Bramber roundabout, but at least it won’t have all the Maudlin residents getting in the way!”

Mr Barling said the works outside Kingsmead Lodge would take three to four weeks to complete, and would take place seven days a week to try to get the road open as quickly as possible.

n A report on the works, featured on the front of last week’s Steyning Herald, attributed the phrase “People’s worst nightmares are coming true...” to Bramber resident Mike Croker, whereas it was in fact part of a statement from Charles Ashby.