CONSTRUCTION is to begin on a temporary cycle lane, with delays expected while roadworks take place.

A new cycle scheme for Chichester will connect the Spitalfield Lane hospital area with the city’s railway station, and create a 2km-long “keyworker corridor” for safe cycling.

The route will also link to the central shopping area and the University of Chichester.

The scheme, which is the first of seven temporary cycleways being put in place in West Sussex, is likely to

take about a fortnight and work is due to start from Monday.

The first lane of the dual-carriageway on the A286 Chichester ring road will be segregated to allow more road space for cycling and the existing cycle lane on the busy gyratory will be widened.

As there will be temporary 20mph speed limits, drivers are advised to allow extra time for their journeys or to seek alternative routes, as delays are likely while roadworks take place.

The second cycle scheme will provide a lane connecting the north and the south of Worthing.

It will run from the A24/A259 Grove Lodge roundabout into the town centre and the start date for the project will be announced soon.

West Sussex County Council says the seven cycle schemes, which total 21km of new lanes, will improve travel options and link commuting destinations.