(Position at February 2020)
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.
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 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 site access 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.
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.
The estimated cost for the proposed scheme is £23m and it is jointly funded by the Department for Transport, WSCC and developer’s contributions.
A public engagement was completed in autumn 2018.
We are currently waiting for the Department for Transport to approve the full business case for the scheme.
Further vegetation clearance and site enabling works will start from mid-February 2020, clearing the way for commencement of the construction later this year. The works are expected to take approximately 18-21 months to complete.