CONSTRUCTION has now begun on a major new regeneration scheme to transform Worthing's Portland Road into a vibrant and inclusive space.

The work, which will see the street prioritise pedestrians, is expected to be completed by Spring of next year.

Local contractors Landbuild - a civil engineering contractor - were awarded the £925,000 construction contract earlier this year and began major works this week.

Worthing Borough Council manages the scheme that has been funded by West Sussex County Council and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

The Argus: Construction has now begun on a major new regeneration scheme in Portland Road, WorthingConstruction has now begun on a major new regeneration scheme in Portland Road, Worthing

Free ultrafast public WiFi, better lighting, comfortable seating areas, cycle racks and landscape planting will all form part of the scheme.

These have been designed to encourage people to visit the town centre and support local businesses.

The space between Montague Street and Chandos Road will be pedestrianised with street furniture, including plenty of seating.

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Cllr Kevin Jenkins, Worthing's executive member for regeneration, said: "I was very pleased to visit the site and see that work is well underway to transform this much-loved road, benefitting visitors, residents and businesses alike.

"Encouraging more people into the town centre is at the driving force of so much of the work that we do, and I know that once complete, the Portland Road regeneration scheme will make a huge difference to Worthing's town centre."