Stop the closure of Oving traffic lights

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A formal consultation has opened into the closure of the Oving lights crossroads over the A27 as the county council looks to create a traffic regulation order.

The TRO, which can be found here, will legally prevent all traffic, apart from buses travelling northbound, from exiting the B2144 Oving Road east at the A27 junction.

Pedestrian crossings will be part of the final junction design but traffic will not be able to cross the dual carriageway, a change has been strongly opposed by Oving residents.

The junction overhaul has long been planned as part of proposals agreed for the new homes being built at the Shopwhyke Lakes site, which will see upwards of 7000 cars being pushed through the centre of the estate per day, endangering the droves of young children that currently play in the estate and reducing the through flow of traffic down to a minimum of 30mph. 

Chichester District Council attempted to change the plans to keep the lights, but was overruled by the government, we are setting up this petition to get this revised!

Sjoerd Schyleman, who has led the Leave Oving Lights Alone campaign, said that after six years of fighting to save the lights, he was ‘bitterly disappointed’. He said: “I do honestly believe that those doing this, and the others who will have to put up with it, are going to bitterly regret the lights being closed. “Congestion is extremely bad around Chichester and it’s only getting worse with all the extra houses that are being built.

“It’s going to be a grave loss but I am hopeful that somebody will eventually change their minds and see the wisdom of returning it.”

Comments on the TRO can be made until November 14 on the county council website at 

If possible please take 5 minutes to object to the closure of the lights as well as signing this petition to have this change revised. 

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