Steady progress in £23million key transport scheme

The A2300 improvements scheme will support the provision of approximately 3,500 new homes, 3,600 new jobs and 200,000m2 of new employment floor space

 
Ongoing construction of the new junction of Stairbridge Lane, where it will join the A2300 eastbound dual carriageway
Ongoing construction of the new eastbound carriageway
Ongoing construction of the new eastbound carriageway

Release date: 17 September 2020

About four months in, and steady progress is being made in the scheme to build a £23million key transport link in Burgess Hill.

The A2300 improvements scheme will widen around 2.5km of single-lane road to dual carriageway and support the provision of approximately 3,500 new homes, 3,600 new jobs and 200,000m2 of new employment floor space.

The project will reduce congestion and so cut both journey times and pollution. It will also provide new facilities for pedestrians and cyclists to help promote sustainable transport.

The scheme started during lockdown in late April ­– with the Government’s COVID-19 guidance followed throughout – and, so far:

  • The earthworks have been started on the new eastbound carriageway
  • Work has been carried out on the existing balancing pond (this holds water to prevent the drainage system being overwhelmed by surface run-off water)
  • Drainage installation has been started

The next steps will be to:

  • Continue the earthworks and drainage installation on the new eastbound carriageway
  • Follow behind with surfacing works and central barrier installation

The scheme is jointly funded by central government through the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership Local Growth Deal, developer contributions and the county council.

Weekly updates, plus details of future phases as work progresses, will be available online on the A2300 project page

The target date for the project’s completion is winter 2021.

West Sussex County Council is the scheme promoter and responsible for delivering the scheme. The contractor is Jackson Civil Engineering, which was recently appointed to build the new link road connecting the Northern Arc development, comprising approximately 3,500 new homes, to the upgraded A2300 dual carriageway.

Homes England has committed £6.5million to the delivery of this piece of key infrastructure, which includes a new roundabout on the A2300.

Please note: the footpath at the western end of Jobs Lane towards Ricebridge Services roundabout is currently closed. This is to allow earthworks and other activities to be progressed in the western section of the scheme.

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