27th October, 2012.
As promised by the Environment Agency, they have completed their initial exploratory works in time for the arrival of half-term and Pier Road and its surrounding environs are now free from any road works.
What was apparent during the recent road works was the problems with traffic management.
As you can see in the above picture, courtesy of Andy Cooper of the Beach Hut, Littlehampton, the Northbound Carriageway has been closed to vehicular traffic to allow exploratory work to be undertaken.
Quite sensibly, as part of the traffic management plan, parking was suspended opposite and just ahead of the road closure to allow traffic flow past the vehicles that were already stopped waiting at the temporary traffic lights.
It’s fairly straight forward and simple, or at least, you’d imagine it would be. But what happened in reality was a significant number of drivers ignored the ‘No Parking’ notices and parked there at the junction outside 47 Mussel Row, which lead to traffic chaos as they blocked the path of oncoming traffic.
Even the local police, Sussex Police got caught in the ensuing chaos caused by the motorist parked up ahead who has blocked traffic flow by ignoring the temporary parking suspension notices. (Photo courtesy of Andy Cooper, Beach Hut, Pier Road).
As you can see, entrance in and out of Clifden Road is also blocked, which caused even more choas than usual.
When Arun District Council were phoned to dispatch traffic wardens or CSOs or whatever it is they’re called now, two promptly arrived only to tell us that there was nothing they could do as they temporary traffic regulations were unenforceable!
The solution was for a number of traffic cones to be laid along Pier Road where the offending motorists are parked in the above picture.
The reaction of the illegal/inconsiderate parkers/motorists was to remove the traffic cones from the road and place them on the pavement and then park there oblivious or unconcerned as they brought Pier Road to a standstill.