Work begins on new car-free Montague Place in Worthing

Work to transform Montague Place into a more attractive place for shoppers and tourists has begun.

Worthing Borough Council consulted with businesses and residents about its plans to use government funding to pedestrianise the road - cutting traffic pollution and creating a better place for people.

Work has begun on the site after West Sussex County Council gave approval for the road to be permanently closed to traffic.

Montague Place has been closed to traffic since June 2020 so the Council could increase social distancing between visitors in the heart of the town centre following the first lockdown, but this was only agreed as a temporary measure during the pandemic.

Now the current road surface will be raised and decorated so that the whole of Montague Place is level, making it more appealing for visitors and businesses. Extra lighting will be provided and new planters will be installed, as well as parklets - areas of seating surrounded by plants and shrubs - to make the area even more welcoming.

The Council, working with West Sussex County Council, will then ask residents and traders how they would like the area to look in the long-term, before giving the road a complete makeover. Work on giving Montague Place its permanent new look could begin in 2023.

Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, Cllr Nicky Waight, said:

“The proposed enhancement to Montague Place will make the area more user-friendly to pedestrians and will provide a link between Montague Street and the seafront.

“This will then be a more attractive and green space for residents, visitors and local businesses.”

The disabled parking spaces that were temporarily relocated to Marine Parade outside Marks & Spencer have now been made permanent, whilst new disabled bays have also been installed in the Montague Quarter car park. The loading bays at the seafront end of Montague Place will remain in place for business use.

There could be some slight disruption over the next eight weeks before the road fully reopens to visitors in time for Easter. The work is being paid for using Welcome Back funding, secured from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities in response to supporting town centres during the pandemic.

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