A2300 corridor improvements scheme

Details of the development and implementation of the A2300 corridor improvements scheme in Burgess Hill.

(Position at 10 September 2021)

Latest update

We plan to close the A2300 overnight on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 September between 8.00pm to 6.00am and will provide more details in next week’s update.

Please find below an update on the current status of the works and planned works for the forthcoming week commencing Monday 20 September.

Works completed this week:

  • Continue installation of new drainage system between Ricebridge Services and Cuckfield Road roundabouts.
  • Continue construction of new central reservation between Cuckfield Road roundabout and Pookbourne Lane.
  • Continue construction of new combined footway/cycleway between the new Northern Arc and Cuckfield Road roundabouts and between Ricebridge Services roundabout and Stairbridge Lane.
  • Continue installation of new kerbs at Ricebridge Services roundabout.
  • Replacing drainage between Ricebridge Services roundabout and the A23 off slip.
  • Installation of new street lighting at Ricebridge Services roundabout.
  • Construction of new bridleway between the new Northern Arc and Cuckfield Road roundabouts.

Works planned for week commencing 20 September 2021:

  • Continue installation of new drainage system between Ricebridge Services roundabout and Pookbourne Lane.
  • Continue construction of new central reservation between Cuckfield Road roundabout and Pookbourne Lane.
  • Preparing for installation of new kerbs between Cuckfield Road roundabout and Pookbourne Lane.
  • Installation of new street lighting at Ricebridge Services and Cuckfield Road roundabouts.
  • Continue construction of new bridleway between the new Northern Arc and Cuckfield Road roundabouts.
  • Installation of new drainage system between the new Northern Arc and Cuckfield Road roundabout.
  • Continue construction of new combined footway/cycleway between the new Northern Arc and Cuckfield Road roundabouts and between Ricebridge Services roundabout and Stairbridge Lane.

Further updates on works progress will be provided here.

Background

The A2300 links Burgess Hill to the A23/M23 strategic road corridor and is an important route for people commuting to and from Burgess Hill.

In 2011, Mid Sussex District Council’s Transport Study identified that the A2300 would require improvements to increase its capacity to support the planned development in Burgess Hill. West Sussex County Council (WSCC) subsequently commissioned a feasibility study to explore possible improvement options.

Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (C2C LEP) identified Burgess Hill as a priority in its 2014 Strategic Economic Plan with the objective of generating economic growth through housing and employment.

£17m has recently been approved by central government through the C2CLEP Local Growth Deal as a contribution to the A2300 corridor improvements scheme. WSCC is the scheme promoter and responsible for delivering the scheme.

Proposed scheme

The proposed scheme, based on the outcomes of the options assessment process, traffic forecasting and economic assessment, is the upgrade of the existing single carriageway road to a dual carriageway between the A23 and the proposed Northern Arc roundabout. It will involve the construction of a two-lane new carriageway immediately north of the existing road which will become the new eastbound carriageway. In addition, other changes will also be introduced, which will involve:

  • 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 proposed scheme also provides 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.
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Scheme aim

The primary aim of the proposed scheme is to support delivery of the C2C’s Strategic Economic Plan and the Mid Sussex District Plan by enabling the delivery of new homes and jobs in Burgess Hill.

Scheme cost

The estimated cost for the proposed scheme is £23m and it is jointly funded by the Department for Transport, developer’s contributions and WSCC.

Public engagement

A public engagement was completed in autumn 2018.

Supporting documents

 
Last updated:
17 September 2021
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