Release date: 20 April 2020
Please note: During this time of national crisis, some work needs to continue to ensure we keep the county running both now, and for when we come out of this period. This will include some construction, such as for key transport links and infrastructure – the A2300 project is one of these. The project will link Burgess Hill to the A23/M23 strategic road corridor, reduce congestion, and so cut both journey times and pollution. It will also support the provision of more than 3,500 new homes, 3,600 new jobs and 200,000m2 of new employment floor space.We will continue to adhere to Government advice and guidelines on COVID-19. The situation is under constant review and we are ensuring that any contractors working on our behalf are also complying with the Government’s advice and following social distancing guidelines.
Work is set to start soon on a £23million road building project which will support the provision of new homes and jobs - and cut congestion and pollution.
The A2300 improvements scheme in Burgess Hill will widen around 2.5km of single-lane road to dual carriageway and support the provision of more than 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.
A fly-through visualisation of how the completed road will look in about 18 months’ time is available on the council’s A2300 project page.
Roger Elkins, county council Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “This is arguably the most significant road building project for the county council since the A24 Ashington Bypass was built in the 1990s.
“The A2300 is an important route for people commuting to and from Burgess Hill and links the town to the A23/M23 strategic road corridor.
“A significant amount of residential and commercial development is planned for the north and north-west of Burgess Hill which, if the road wasn’t dualled, would exacerbate the current traffic issues on the A2300. Instead, this project will lead to huge benefits for the district in cutting congestion and boosting the local economy by supporting the provision of new jobs, new homes and workspace.”
Councillor Judy Llewellyn-Burke, Mid Sussex District Council’s Deputy Leader, said: “We are delighted that, together with our partners, work is scheduled to start soon to dual the A2300. This work is vital in helping unlock access to housing developments in the Northern Arc, the associated infrastructure that will be built alongside it, and in providing direct routes to the proposed areas of employment space.”
Steve Horton, Regional Director for contractor Jackson Civil Engineering, said: “We are looking forward to working closely with West Sussex County Council on this key infrastructure project to improve the journeys for local communities and businesses in the region.
“The safety of both our workforce and the public is always our top priority and works will be carried out in line with the current Government guidance on COVID-19. Construction of this nature will involve some disruption for the public but we will work with the county council’s project team to try to minimise this as much as possible.”
It is estimated that the project will cost £23million. It is jointly funded by central government through the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership Local Growth Deal, developer contributions and the county council.
What will the work involve?
The project will upgrade the existing single carriageway to a dual carriageway between the A23 and the proposed Northern Arc roundabout. It will involve building a two-lane new carriageway immediately north of the existing road - which will become the new eastbound carriageway. Other changes include:
- modifications to the existing carriageway to form the new westbound carriageway
- modifications to the existing roundabouts with the A23 at Hickstead and Cuckfield Road to allow for the dualling
- closure of the central reserve at the Pookbourne Lane/Stairbridge Lane junction and conversion to a ‘left-in/left-out’ arrangement
- left-out only arrangement at Bishopstone Lane junction
- a 2.5m-wide central reservation with vehicle restraint barrier
- improvement to access arrangements on the south side of the A2300
- associated surface water drainage, landscaping and planting measures.
The project will also provide opportunities for more journeys to be made by cycling and walking through the provision of:
- a 3m wide shared use footpath and cycle path on the north-side between the A23 and the proposed Northern Arc roundabout
- a 2.5m wide shared use footpath and cycle path on the south-side of the A2300 between the A23 and Pookbourne Lane/Stairbridge Lane junction and also between Bishopstone Lane and Cuckfield Road roundabout.
Phase one of the work is due to start soon. It will include excavating the existing central grass island which spans the junction of A2300 with Stairbridge Lane. This will close the current right-turn arrangements.
New road and drainage will be constructed.
Weekly updates, plus details of future phases as work progresses, will be available online on the A2300 project page
The A2300 works will also include design features and new signing to emphasise the right-turn ban at Bolney Grange Business Park, Stairbridge Lane.
Pictured: a visualisation of a section of the completed scheme